Michigan State cracked some headlines this week when it was announced they offered a scholarship to five-star combo guard Tyrese Maxey.
Maxey, who is listed at 6-foot-2 and 175 pounds, is considered one of the top shooting guards in the class of 2019 and made it known on Twitter that Michigan State extended an offer after his recent visit.
The Spartans join a long list of teams interested in Maxey. According to 247Sports, he already has received 17 scholarship offers. That includes offers from big name programs such as UCLA, Texas, Florida State, Baylor and obviously Michigan State.
He ranks as the 17th overall recruit in the class of 2019 and is the second best shooting guard, according to 247Sports. Based on his numbers and recruiting highlight tapes you can see why he is so highly touted.
This past season in the Nike EYBL he averaged 15.5 points, 3 rebounds, 3.1 assists and 1.5 steals per game across 16 games. He also proved to be very accurate from the field, posting a 50.5 percent shooting percent from two-point range and 36.9 percent from behind the arc.
During the Peach Jam Finals he bumped those numbers to 19.2 points, 2.8 rebounds, 4.2 assists and 1.4 steals per game. His team went 3-2 during the tournament.
Maxey has great shooting range with the ability to knock down shots from behind the arc. He also looks extremely fast on tape and will always be a threat to drive it to the rim. That kind of combination can be very lethal at the next level. Also keep in mind that he is only entering his junior year of high school and that his game should continue to evolve over time.
So what are the odds Tom Izzo lures Maxey up to East Lansing? If you go off 247Sports’ Crystal Ball then it’s very unlikely. The site lists SMU as the 100 percent favorite to land Maxey’s services. However, it is unsure at this time when this was last updated so keep in mind that Michigan State — along with some other big name programs — could surely play a role in his decision.
If Michigan State were to land Maxey then he would join the roster in 2019-20. It’s hard to predict who would still be on the roster that far ahead but assuming no one leaves early than the backcourt would include Cassius Winston, Josh Langford and 2018 commit Foster Loyer. Certainly there could be more additions to this group before then but Maxey would have a great chance at instantly contributing for the Spartans.