Five-star guard Tyrese Maxey recaps Michigan visit, interest

Orion Sang

Tyrese Maxey is about as far as you can be from the state of Michigan.

Maxey, a 6-foot-2 combo guard ranked as a five-star prospect in the class of 2019, hails from Garland, Texas. He’s generally unfamiliar with Michigan, too, with zero family ties to the state.

Yet Maxey found his way to Ann Arbor and East Lansing earlier this week, making the long trek to unofficially visit two schools that would seemingly be on the periphery of his recruitment.

But Michigan and Michigan State appeal to Maxey, he told UM Hoops, because of their history — and their head coaches. Growing up, he watched both teams and came to admire both John Beilein and Tom Izzo — along with a former Michigan star.

“Trey Burke was really good at Michigan,” Maxey said, “and I think that’s what caught my eye.

“… Coach Beilein is a winning coach. He plays a winning style of basketball. He knows how to win. They went on a good run last year when they won eight or nine games in a row after that terrible plane crash. But yeah, he’s just a winning coach and he does it the right way.”

The Wolverines began recruiting him after watching him during the first live period in April, and contact only increased once they were able to reach out to 2019 recruits on June 15.

Along with his family, Maxey enjoyed his recent visit to Ann Arbor.

“The staff welcomed my family and I,” Maxey said. “They showed me around and had a good time. … They showed me the campus, the facilities of course, academic portions and some communication areas that I would like to major in.”

During what Maxey said was his favorite part of the visit, the coaches sat down with him to discuss where he would fit in on the team.

“They play a two-guard system, but he was telling me I could play the ‘1’ and the ‘2,’ it doesn’t matter where I’m at,” Maxey said. “I play the ‘1’ pretty much, and the ‘2.’ ”

Maxey didn’t receive an offer from Michigan on the trip, but it sounds like he could in the future. According to him, Beilein wanted to make sure he holds serious interest in Michigan, “because it’s so far from home.”

Though he hasn’t made current plans for another visit, Maxey said he hopes to return for a football game or “something like that.”

His recruitment — which could be on the verge of blowing up — still remains open, with no current top group of schools.

“I’ll probably wait to cut down my schools after around mid-time next year, when I’m getting ready to go into school my senior year,” Maxey said. “That’s probably when I’ll start cutting down my schools.”

  • bobohle

    I wonder if two former Michigan players from Texas Ray Jackson and Daniel Horton could help in his recruitment.

    • Wayman Britt

      Aldo, Rich McIver and Mike McGee (moved in NE in senior year)

  • rlcBlue

    What exactly is the difference between an unofficial visit and an official one? Honest question, hold the Louisville jokes.

    • Official visit is paid for by the school. Unofficial visit is paid for by the prospect.

      Limited to 5 official visits and all after Jan 1 of your junior year.

      • rlcBlue

        Thanks, Dylan. Are there any limits on how many prospects a school can host on official visits?

        • I believe there is a number but I don’t know it off the top of my head.

          • Barth Applefeld

            Based on a slide presentation about Proposal 2015-53, the school appears to be limited to 24 official visits in a rolling 2 year period with a limit of 12 before the National Signing Day–at least it was on the official ncaa web site. :-)

  • Vandy54

    Let me get this straight, top 18 they say. . .

    “Maxey didn’t receive an offer from Michigan on the trip, but it sounds like he could in the future. According to him, Beilein wanted to make sure he holds serious interest in Michigan, ‘because it’s so far from home.'”

    So, Beileid was afraid of making a commitment for someone showing interest in his school, a possible enemy rival in Big Brother Basketball land, BECAUSE HE QUESTIONS MAXEY’S SERIOUSNESS BECAUSE TEXAS IS A LONG DISTANCE FROM MI???????????? You gotta be outta your mind!!!!!!!!!! Let him go to state, and let him torch us.

    We’ve had many connections to Texas in both basketball and football. I don’t think Beilein has exercised as many options as football has lately, but still MI in Texas is elite. It is sad when players show interest and we cannot win them over. This is U of M of Jeepers sake, at least football is bringing in the top guns.

    • Barth Applefeld

      So, let me get this straight. Your recruiting philosophy is offer to anyone who comes to town that has a five star rating no matter the fit or seriousness of the visit or what happened on the visit, which we don’t know because we have only the feel good words of both parties. If not, we immediately assume the “worst” will happen: this young man will become a star at MSU and “torch” us. I’m sorry, I can’t go along with this because it is unrealistic and unfair.

    • Roger Solomon

      I’m with you on this one. Beilein has always held the policy of you must visit to get an offer. This kid comes all the way from Texas with his family on their own dime and he doesn’t get an offer because he wants to make sure this kid is serious about UM because it’s so far from home. This one really has me confused. I guess I don’t see what the harm would have been to give the kid an offer. Worst case scenario is that he commits elsewhere.

      • rlcBlue

        No, the worst case scenario is that he accepts the offer, UM uses up all its scholarships and stops offering other targets, the other targets commit elsewhere, and then the kid decides Michigan is too far from home, decommits and goes elsewhere. This is what happened with Tyus Battle, and is the reason that Josh Langford is at State, where he has the opportunity to torch us instead of the other way around.

        Once burned, twice shy – Beilein wants to know the kid a little better before he offers a scholarship.