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Tyrese Maxey to SMU?
No, that isn’t a typo made while trying to type MSU. It’s also not an announcement that Tyrese Maxey will attend Southern Methodist. But the Mustangs’ chances with the South Garland (Texas) star and Michigan State target look a lot better now than they did before.
SMU coach Tim Jankovich has hired Tyrone Maxey, father of the 4-star combo guard and No. 19 player in the Class of 2019 per the 247Sports composite ratings, according to a report from Scout’s Patrick Engel. Maxey will reportedly work as the Mustangs’ recruiting director.
As qualified as the elder Maxey might be, the move begs one question: What does this do to SMU’s chances of landing his son? Engel writes, “Sources confirmed that SMU’s hiring of Tyrone Maxey is not expected to prohibit Tyrese from signing with and enrolling at SMU if he chooses to do so.”
Engel made that final clarification because of a rule that first went into effect in basketball and has since been adopted in football, as well — bylaw 11.4.2 of the NCAA Division I Manual:
“In men’s basketball, during a two-year period before a prospective student-athlete’s anticipated enrollment and a two-year period after the prospective student-athlete’s actual enrollment, an institution shall not employ (either on a salaried or a volunteer basis) or enter into a contract for future employment with an individual associated with the prospective student-athlete in any athletics department noncoaching staff position or in a strength and conditioning staff position.”
Let’s break it down. Tyrone Maxey, by the NCAA’s definition, fits the description of an individual associated with prospective student-athlete Tyrese Maxey as his father and coach. Additionally, his status as recruiting director fits the bylaw’s description of a staff position outside of coaching or strength and conditioning.
What would hypothetically make SMU eligible to sign Tyrese Maxey would be whether the program entered into a contract with Tyrone Maxey at least two years before the former’s anticipated enrollment. As a class of 2019 prospect, Tyrese Maxey will likely enroll in August of that year. Though SMU has not posted its 2019-20 academic calendar, it appears most likely that classes will start Aug. 26. Though nothing has been officially announced, it appears the Mustangs will be in the clear to sign the younger Maxey should he so choose.
You may remember a similar situation in which DePaul hired former La Lumiere (La Porte, Ind.) coach Shane Heirman in May. La Lumiere is the prep basketball powerhouse that produced 5-star Michigan State signee Jaren Jackson Jr., 5-star Louisville commit Brian Bowen and 4-star DePaul commit Tyger Campbell.
A stipulation from the same bylaw will allow Campbell to sign with DePaul despite being previously associated with Heirman. The Blue Demons hired Heirman as an assistant coach, which exempts him from the rule. Had he been hired to a “noncoaching” position as Tyrone Maxey was, DePaul would not be allowed to sign Campbell. It would have also been within the two-year window, as Campbell is a 2018 prospect.
There’s your NCAA recruiting rules explainer of the day. Tyrese Maxey will likely remain a top Michigan State target. Maxey visited campus in early August and announced a Spartans offer shortly thereafter.
How about in 2018?
Long before Maxey’s class will sign, Michigan State will need to ensure it adds at least one more guard prospect to its 2018 class.
Talen Horton-Tucker might just be the answer. The Chicago Simeon guard holds offers from Florida State, Georgetown and Kansas, as well as in-state powers Illinois and Northwestern. But he has a long-standing relationship with the Michigan State staff. He said Spartans assistant Dwayne Stephens has even compared him to alumnus and Bulls guard Denzel Valentine.
As for Michigan State’s chances, the Spartans will most likely get one of Horton-Tucker’s official visits. But he has yet to choose any visit dates, or even the schools he will visit.
“I should have the dates in the next few weeks,” he said Monday.
Beyond Horton-Tucker, the Spartans have offers out to 4-star guard Luguentz Dort from Montreal and 3-star wing Aaron Henry from Indianapolis.
One more prospect deserves mention given his recent flurry of offers. Duane Washington Jr. played high school basketball with Spartans incoming freshman Xavier Tillman and seemingly visited Michigan State as much as any other recruit in the last year.
But Washington, a 6-foot-3 combo guard, has not picked up a Michigan State offer and has since transferred to California prep juggernaut Sierra Canyon for his senior year. A 3-star prospect, he has reported offers from Michigan, Ohio State, Purdue and most recently UCLA, among others.
Will the Spartans offer? They haven’t been a program to go after a prospect just because his offer list has expanded, but if they want him, he seems to fill a need on the wing.
Updated ESPN rankings
ESPN updated its 2018 basketball recruiting rankings on Wednesday, and Michigan State’s commits should be thrilled by the results.
In the 247Sports composite rankings, only two Spartans pledges fall in the top 100: forward Marcus Bingham Jr. at No. 69 and wing Gabe Brown at No. 100. Three of the four Michigan State commits — Bingham, Brown and point guard Foster Loyer — have 4-star ratings.
On ESPN, though, all four received 4-star ratings, forward Thomas Kithier included. Loyer comes in at 63rd overall, while Brown and Bingham follow at 81st and 82nd, respectively.
As far as uncommitted prospects, Dort comes in at 5 stars, Henry has 4 stars and Horton-Tucker is unrated.