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Freshman guard Tyrese Maxey leaves Kentucky a ‘better player’ as he prepares for the next level

By Keith Taylor Kentucky Today Tyrese Maxey is leaving with no regrets. The Kentucky freshman guard declared for the NBA Draft on Monday and said his lone season with the Wildcats was a success. “This year getting to rep Kentucky across my chest was everything I could have imagined,” Maxey said. “I got to play for a Hall of Famer, be pushed every day by the best coaches in the country, compete...

Calipari says at least five players will enter NBA Draft, including SEC Player of the Year Immanuel Quickley

By Keith Taylor Kentucky Today John Calipari is used to rotating rosters. The Kentucky coach is expecting more turnover next season. Calipari said he believes at last five players to declare for the NBA Draft, including Southeastern Conference Player of the Year Immanuel Quickley, along with Nick Richards, Ashton Hagans, EJ Montgomery and Tyrese Maxey. “My guess is four to five guys would probably...

Kentucky uses another second-half rally to complete sweep of Vandy

By Keith Taylor Kentucky Today Comebacks are customary when Kentucky plays Vanderbilt no matter the circumstances. The Wildcats did it again Tuesday night at Memorial Gymnasium. Kentucky rallied and notched its third consecutive victory and 11th in its last 13 contests with a 78-64 win over the Commodores. The 12th-ranked Wildcats (19-5, 9-2 Southeastern Conference) outscored Vanderbilt 51-28 in the...

Jamie Vaught: Calipari asks media, ‘What did you learn about my team?’ after scare from Vanderbilt

University of Kentucky head coach John Calipari loves teaching his players how to play and respect the game. He really enjoys his role. Instead of Coach Cal, we perhaps should start calling him Professor Cal. And he probably couldn’t resist an opportunity to teach the media folks a thing or two like he did after 13th-ranked Kentucky’s 71-62 comeback win over Vanderbilt at Rupp Arena Wednesday...

Tyrese Maxey takes a step forward, helps Kentucky to 71-62 victory over gritty Vanderbilt

By Keith Taylor Kentucky Today John Calipari isn’t letting up on Tyrese Maxey. “He told me at the beginning of the year he was going to coach me as hard as possible,” Maxey said. “He called me into his office a couple of days ago and told me it doesn’t matter how I play and he knows what I can do and he’s never going to back off.” As in the past, Calipari made sure Maxey stayed on task...

UK Freshman Tyrese Maxey expecting ‘fun’ but tough game in first visit to South Carolina Wednesday

By Keith Taylor Kentucky Today Tyrese Maxey is looking forward to his first visit to South Carolina. “It should be fun,” Maxey said Tuesday. “The veterans said that it’s going to be a hard place to play, said they’re going to be very competitive, very physical, and I just can’t wait for the moment.” The 10th-ranked Wildcats (12-3, 3-0 Southeastern Conference) will play three of their...

Jamie Vaught: Combination of Hagans, Maxey and Quickley give Cats one of nation’s best backcourts

Ashton Hagans, Tyrese Maxey and Immanuel Quickley (Photos from UK Athletics) Kentucky has one of the nation’s best backcourts this season, featuring its three-headed monster lineup of guards Ashton Hagans, Tyrese Maxey and Immanuel Quickley. As far as preseason hype goes, Hagans and Maxey had much more attention or publicity than Quickley as they garnered preseason Watch Lists and All-SEC honors....

Kentucky poised to take over top spot in college basketball rankings as they roll past EKU Friday

By Keith Taylor Kentucky Today Kentucky is still riding high and showed no signs of a letdown with a 91-49 win over Eastern Kentucky in its home opener Friday night. Coming off a 69-62 win over top-ranked Michigan State, the second-ranked Wildcats started fast and never let up in winning their 12th straight home opener under John Calipari.  Kentucky is poised to take over the top spot when the Associated...

Confident Wildcats ‘locked-in’ as they prepare for Friday night’s home opener against Eastern Ky.

By Keith Taylor Kentucky Today Nate Sestina wasn’t surprised by Tyrese Maxey’s performance at Madison Square Garden earlier this week. “Tyrese is a big-time player,” he said. “The dude is a big-time shot-maker and everything that he does, he does well and he does it with a smile on his face that’s when you know he’s really playing.” Maxey came off the bench and scored 26 points to lead...

Wildcats drop top-ranked Michigan State at Madison Square Garden on Tyrese Maxey’s big debut

By Keith Taylor Kentucky Today For the first time in college basketball history, the second-ranked team in the nation defeated the No. 1 squad to open the season. Kentucky erased the pain of last year’s embarrassing showing in the State Farm Champions Classic with a 69-62 win over top-ranked Michigan State Tuesday night at Madison Square Garden. The Wildcats came into the contest ranked No. 2 in...

Kentucky’s Tyrese Maxey figures to take on bigger role as junior Nick Richards recovers from injury

By Keith Taylor Kentucky Today Tyrese Maxey didn’t start Kentucky’s exhibition opener against Georgetown College, but that doesn’t mean much moving forward. As Kentucky inches closer to the season-opener against Michigan State set for Tuesday at Madison Square Garden in the State Farm Champions Classic, Maxey figures to play a bigger role as junior Nick Richards recovers from a foot injury he...

Kentucky freshman guard Tyrese Maxey going after his piece of the bone against veteran Ashton Hagans

By Keith Taylor Kentucky Today Tyrese Maxey is always smiling but don’t let that grin fool you. Although an upbeat and personable player, the freshman guard hasn’t backed down from anyone on the team, especially veteran sidekick Ashton Hagans. “It’s like two dogs and one bone,” he said. “Two pit bulls going at it … that’s how I describe it. We’re both very competitive and we don’t...