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Tuesday / October 23.
  • Tyrese Maxey turning up the heat on uncommitted bigs to come to Kentucky

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    By ADAM ZAGORIA

    Kentucky needs bigs in the Class of 2019, and Tyrese Maxey wants to help his future school add some.

    At the USA Basketball minicamp in Colorado Springs, Colo., Maxey is turning up the heat on uncommitted big men

    “It’s getting to that time,” Maxey, out of South Garland (Texas) High School, told USA Today. “The season is almost here, and it’ll be over before you know it. I think the uncommitted guys are starting to see that they don’t have all the time in the world, and I want to use this weekend to my advantage.”

    Kentucky figures to lose much of its frontcourt in Reid Travis, Nick Richards and P.J. Washington all either graduating or heading to the NBA. So they will need to restock with the Class of 2019.

    The 7-foot Wiseman has already visited Kentucky and Kansas officially, and still has officials set to Vanderbilt, Memphis and Florida State. After initially saying he planned to wait until the spring to commit, he’s now eyeing a fall decision.

    The 6-10 Stewart has tripped to Washington and Kentucky, and may or may not take more visits. He has already been to Duke, Syracuse and Michigan State.

    The 6-10 Carey will begin officials this month to Duke, Kentucky, Miami and North Carolina, and has already been to Michigan State. He is also eyeing a fall decision.

    “Usually, I’d just joke with them and say something about Kentucky, but this weekend I’ll be more serious too,” Maxey told USA Today. “It’s getting down to the wire now, so I have to show them why Kentucky is the best place for them.”

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    Adam Zagoria is a Basketball Insider who covers basketball at all levels. A contributor to The New York Times and SportsNet New York (SNY), he is also the author of two books and is an award-winning journalist and filmmaker. His articles have appeared in ESPN The Magazine, SLAM, Sheridan Hoops, Basketball Times and in newspapers nationwide. He also won an Emmy award for his work on the SNY mini-documentary on Syracuse guard Tyus Battle. A veteran Ultimate Frisbee player, he has competed in numerous National and World Championships and, perhaps more importantly, his teams won the Westchester Summer League (WSL) championships in 2011 and 2013. He lives in Manhattan with his wife and children.