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Tyrese Maxey Has Arrived and College Basketball Has its Next Star Freshman

NEW YORK, NEW YORK - NOVEMBER 05: Tyrese Maxey #3 of the Kentucky Wildcats celebrates his three point shot in the first half against the Michigan State Spartans during the State Farm Champions Classic at Madison Square Garden on November 05, 2019 in New York City.Duke Blue Devils defeated the Kansas Jayhawks 68-66. (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images)
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College basketball is in dire need of a gravitational superstar now that Zion Williamson has made the leap to the pros after a brilliant year at Duke. Well, that superstar might have revealed himself last night in what should be one of the seminal performances of the 2019-20 season.

Star Kentucky freshman Tyrese Maxey was totally unbothered by the prospect of playing a Tom Izzo defense in his first collegiate action, as he led the Wildcats to a 69-62 upset of No. 1 Michigan State thanks to his 26 points.

Maxey, a 6-3 combo guard from Garland, Texas, showed the ability to get to the rim and pull up from outside with equal ease. While that should come easy for a player of his caliber, the fact that he was going up against Cassius Winston and a Spartans team that appeared to be as deep as they come makes his performance all the more stunning.

This certainly won't be the last show-stopper from Maxey in this John Calipari offense.

Calipari has done it again, as he convinced a hyper-athletic future All-Star to come to Lexington. The Wildcats will surely reap the benefits of Maxey's play in March.