Potential Knicks draft target Tyrese Maxey dazzles in practice


Kentucky’s electric combo guard and potential Knicks draft target Tyrese Maxey returned to national television Thursday night.A Rich Paul-inspired Pro Day was televised by ESPN2 with Maxey and potential top pick Anthony Edwards of Georgia. Maxey and Edwards are each of SuperAgent Paul’s clients.

There you go, her two most famous clients, LeBron James and Anthony Davis, showed up to the Los Angeles gym to watch. NBA scouts and executives were not allowed to enter the gymnasium for this television-designed event which was not governed by NBA rules.

Pro Day, according to sources, was watched by the Knicks on television. Other clients of Paul reunited included Draymond Green, Tristan Thompson, Trae Young and Kentavious Caldwell-Pope.

Some agents weren’t happy with the setup, believing it was unwarranted exposure for Paul’s customers, but the NBA let it go, according to a source.

The Knicks select at No.8, and the 6-foot-3 Maxey could be considered a reach at that location. Coming back in early teens for a trump card and taking Maxey could be a perfect scenario for the Knicks.

The Knicks are big fans of the Kentucky program. Knicks president Leon Rose recently hired Kentucky assistant Kenny Payne. Senior Vice President William Wesley was well known, while serving as an Agent Advisor, for being extremely close to the program and to coach John Calipari.

Knicks general manager Scott Perry is also a cheerleader for Kentucky, as evidenced by play over Kevin Knox at No.9 in the 2018 draft.

Maxey led a 20-minute solo workout at a Los Angeles gym filled with shooting and dribbling drills. His shooting mechanics were called into question in Kentucky, but he changed his release to a higher point, as training has shown. At one point, Maxey sank five consecutive three points.

“I was able to show that I can take my outside shot consistently – catch and shoot, out of motion – and I was able to show my conditioning because no one saw me due to COVID-19,” he said. Maxey said on ESPN.

One of Maxey’s attributes is a rabid work ethic. Maxey said he was up at 4:50 a.m. Thursday for the gym when his agent told him to sleep. He did not do it. “I love the grind,” Maxey said.


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