The topic of hiring a family member to receive the college commitment of a high ranked prospect hit center stage this summer upon the hiring of Michael Porter Sr. at Missouri. On Wednesday, SMU made its own push by hiring the father of top-25 2019 South Garland High guard Tyrese Maxey.
Tyrone Maxey, a former head coach within the Dallas suburbs for 14 years before taking the lead assistant role at South Garland three years ago, was named the director of player development at SMU. More often than not, this type of hiring would lead to the college commitment of Tyrese Maxey, though his father said this was not the case. “It doesn’t affect him at all,” he said. “I tell people this is an opportunity for me. This is not going to affect him one way or another. In my household, we support him and this is all about him in this recruiting process. Wherever he wants to go, that is what we support whole heartedly. It is not one of those kind of deals.”
A 15 mile drive from home to campus, SMU has been in the mix for Maxey since his freshman year. A standout on the Nike EYBL circuit playing a year up, he averaged over 16 points, three rebounds and three assists per game. His offer list is nothing short of elite as he boasts scholarship opportunities from Texas, Baylor, Oregon, Oklahoma State, UCLA and Michigan State.
The recently hired Maxey spoke further on his job choice. “I love basketball. The high school level, it means a lot and I have always told my wife, I want to coach at the highest level. Daily, I don’t have to do lesson plans, teach class and do two jobs in one. Now, all I have is one job which is coaching basketball.
“I love my son and am going to support him wherever he wants to go and that it what it is. He has worked hard and whatever he deserves and wherever he wants to go with the recruiting process is on him.”