Jordan Brand Classic opponents give their scouting reports on three future Kentucky Wildcats

Jack Pilgrim04/20/19


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The high school All-American circuit continues today with the Jordan Brand Classic live in Las Vegas, and once again, the Kentucky Wildcats are represented well.

Kentucky signees Tyrese Maxey and Keion Brooks Jr., along with forward commit Kahlil Whitney, are all competing in the event. Kentucky matches Duke for the most competitors in the event with three representatives.

Over the course of each of their recruitments and after their commitments, we’ve broken down their games extensively here on KSR. We’ve also gotten player breakdowns from some of the top recruiting and draft analysts in the game.

Instead of getting the same ole recycled analysis, though, I decided to ask some of the individuals that know their games the best to give a fresh scouting report on each of the future Wildcats.

At Jordan Brand Classic Media Day on Friday afternoon, I talked to some of their opponents and fellow five-star peers to break down their games with some of their biggest strengths and weaknesses.

The participants? Five-star point guard Cole Anthony, Georgia signee Anthony Edwards, and Indiana signee Trayce Jackson-Davis.

Cole Anthony

On Tyrese Maxey…

Tyrese Maxey is an extremely versatile two-way player, can score on all three levels. I’d say his weakness is that he’s erratic at times, but I’ve got nothing but positive things to say about him. It’s always a battle when we play against each other. To stop him, I’d have to try and make him feel uncomfortable without the ball and just pressure him.

On Keion Brooks Jr…

Keion Brooks, I’d say one of his weaknesses is that he can be erratic at times too. But he can really score the ball, can really shoot it, freak athlete. Nothing but positive things to say about him either.

On Kahlil Whitney…

Kahlil Whitney, I think his weakness is that his motor, at times, is questionable. Just whether or not he wants to play sometimes. But he can shoot it, freak, freak athlete. When he competes, he’s really, really good.

Anthony Edwards

On Tyrese Maxey…

Tyrese Maxey, he’s cold. I mean to me, every dude that’s committed to Kentucky is really good. But Tyrese can really shoot, and his floater is unstoppable. He’s hard to stay in front of.

On Keion Brooks Jr…

Keion Brooks is like a big guard, nice pull-up jumper, athletic. I mean, he’s taller than me, but I’m stronger than him, so I’d have to impose my will against him.

On Kahlil Whitney…

Kahlil Whitney is so strong, he’s just a dog. He wants to score at will, so it’s hard to stop him. I’d have to just not let him post me up, can’t let him body me. I mean he’s so strong and physical.

Trayce Jackson-Davis

On Tyrese Maxey…

Tyrese is an explosive guard, can shoot up to like 40 feet. He’s just crazy. Stopping him, you’re going to have to jam him, make him drive. He can come at you both ways, so it’s going to be hard to stop him regardless. He’s got a nice floater, so you’ve got to try to take that away from him. You’ve got to meet him at the rim, time it just right. His biggest strength is definitely his jump shot, he can shoot it anywhere on the floor. As far as a weakness, I’m not really sure, but I’d guess I’d say his passing ability.

On Keion Brooks Jr…

He can be a bang inside, bang outside player. He’s worked on his shot so much this year, so it’s gotten a lot better. If anything, I’d say he needs to work on his handle a little bit, tighten that up. But that’s about it, he’s really good.

On Kahlil Whitney…

Kahlil is an explosive guard, 6-foot-6, 6-foot-7, probably has a 38 or 39-inch vertical. He’s crazy high. His skillset is that he can come off the wing, pull-up jumper, bang with you down low. He needs to keep working on his 3-point shot, just keep it consistent, but that’s not even bad either.


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