Tyrese Maxey drafted by the Philadelphia 76ers

Maxey drafted by the 76ers with the 21st overall pick

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Former Basketball Cat Tyrese Maxey has a new home. On Wednesday, Maxey was drafted by the Philadelphia 76ers with the 21st pick of the first round.

While in Lexington, Maxey shined in Solid Blue. The Texas native was named to the All-SEC Second Team by the conference’s coaches. He was also named to the SEC All-Freshman Team.

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During the season, he was a three-time SEC Freshman of the Week member.
He was named the NCAA March Madness National Player of the Week and U.S. Basketball Writers Association Wayman Tisdale National Freshman of Week following a win over Louisville.

While in Lexington, he totaled 433 points, 133 rebounds, 98 assists, 27 steals and 12 blocks as a freshman. He led UK’s guards in rebounds and was second on the team in points, 3-point field goals (33), free-throw percentage (.833), steals and assists.

He averaged 14.0 points per game and played a team-high 34.5 minutes per game. Maxey finished 22 games in double figures with a team-high three games with 25 or more points.

He averaged a team-high 19.0 points per game to go along with 5.3 boards per outing while shooting 43.4% from the field, 37.0% from 3 and 84.4% from the free-throw line in UK’s six games against Associated Press Top 25 foes.

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Bryan Kennedy hails from the Bluegrass State. He was born and raised in Owensboro, KY where he graduated from Apollo High School in 2006. Bryan graduated from the University of Kentucky with a degree in Broadcast Journalism and a minor in Spanish in 2010. He also received his master's degree in Sports Media and Branding from Western Kentucky University. While at UK, Bryan was the general manager of the on-campus TV station. He also did sports reporting, anchoring, producing and even the weather for UK Student News Network. While working for UKSNN, he also had the pleasure of covering Coach John Calipari's first press conference when he was introduced as the new head coach of the Kentucky Wildcats; easily one of his favorite moments as a young sports reporter. Before coming to ABC 36, Bryan was a morning anchor and reporter at WXXV News 25, our sister station in Gulfport, MS. He anchored more than four hours of news every day, including morning shows on NBC and Fox. While down south, Bryan had the opportunity to cover the Sugar Bowl, New Orleans Saints and the New Orleans Pelicans. After spending a little more than two years at WXXV, Bryan is extremely excited to return home. In his spare time, Bryan enjoys playing sports, especially rugby. He also enjoys crossfitting and watching sports (obviously). He's extremely excited to cover Central Kentucky. Feel free to say hello and send story ideas toBKennedy@wtvq.com