Kentucky freshman guard Tyrese Maxey declared for the 2020 NBA Draft on Monday, following backcourt mate Ashton Hagans to the pros.
“It’s time for my next challenge though. My dream has always been to play in the NBA and I know I’m prepared for this because I’m Wildcat made,” Maxey said in a statement released by Kentucky.
Proud family , keep that dream going ❤️ https://t.co/kNDY9tardK
— KJ🏀 (@officialdavis_) April 6, 2020
Maxey is widely considered a lottery pick and is the No. 8-ranked player on ESPN.com’s NBA draft rankings.
Hagans, the Southeastern Conference Defensive Player of the Year last year as a freshman, declared for the draft on Sunday. The sophomore said in his formal announcement that he was ready to be tested at the NBA level.
— ashton hagans (@H23Ash) April 5, 2020
Maxey averaged 14.0 points, 4.3 rebounds and 3.2 assists in 31 games in 2019-2020 for the Wildcats. A five-star recruit and McDonald’s All-American, Maxey joins a line of blue-chip guards produced by the Wildcats including Devin Booker, De’Aaron Fox, John Wall and Rajon Rondo.
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