By Sean Ceglinsky, Nothing But Net Magazine Contributor

Well-known in the Southwest, the rest of the country is quickly becoming familiar with the name Tyrese Maxey from South Garland (Garland, TX).

Ranked No. 20 in the Class of 2019 by Nothing But Net Magazine, the 6-foot-3 guard has a respectable following thus far and the bandwagon is filling up fast.

Since the recent transfer of Charles Bassey to Aspire Academy (Louisville, KY), Maxey is arguably the most recognizable prospect in the Lone Star State.

Closer to home, at his particular position, De’Vion Harmon from Guyer (Denton, TX) and Grant Sherfield from North Crowley (Ft. Worth, TX) deserve a mention.

Both are not nearly on the level of Maxey, by some accounts. His understanding of what’s expected from a floor general tends to set him apart from most.

When it comes to the national level, he compares favorably to Cole Anthony from Archbiship Molloy (Jamaica, NY) and Ashton Hagans from Newton (Covington, GA).

No stranger to the spotlight, far from it in fact, Maxey was not an overnight success. He’s worked hard to receive every acknowledgement along the way.

Not long ago, Maxey opened up eyes at the Pangos Frosh/Soph Camp in Texas and his name was in the running for MVP, before the nod was given to Bassey.

Still, Maxey was on the map after the performance. Little, or nothing, has changed since then. He’s kept the momentum going on the grassroots circuit with RM5 Elite.

On the prep level with South Garland, Maxey averaged 17-plus points per game as a freshman. Last season, he delivered 21-plus points a night as a sophomore.

When it comes to recruiting, he has a laundry list of potential suitors, with a scholarship count that continues to climb and is quickly approaching 20 offers.

SMU and Michigan State appear to be at the top of his list. For the time being. Teams from the Big 10 Conference, Pac-12 Conference and ACC are in the mix as well.

Don’t be surprised to see Kansas and Michigan to enter the picture at some point sooner, rather than later. Things figure to heat up on the recruiting trail, regardless.

Point being: If the past is any indication of what’s possibly in store for the future, Maxey is well on his way to receiving recognition on the national level.

(Photo credit: Scott Kurtz)