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John Calipari and Joel Justus in to see local four-star talent Kyky Tandy

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Just about halfway through his weekly radio show tonight, John Calipari announced he had to cut his appearance short to hit the recruiting circuit.

“I’ve gotta go do some recruiting, folks,” said Cal. “I’m out tonight. But I’ll be back early, I’m not going that far.”

According to local sports analyst Chris Jung, he won’t even be crossing state lines.

Coach Cal will be in Henderson County tonight for the 2nd Region Championship to see four-star Hopkinsville native Dekeyvan “Kyky” Tandy.

Earlier today, Jung announced assistant coach Joel Justus would also be in attendance to see the dynamic University Heights guard.


They have officially arrived.

Tandy, the No. 117 junior in the nation according to, visited Kentucky last weekend during their 87-66 blowout victory over Missouri.

After the visit, Tandy told SEC Country’s Joe Mussatto that he was “shocked” seeing all of the new Kentucky facilities, going as far to say it stood alone from the rest of college basketball.

“It was a great experience,” Tandy said. “I was shocked. Like their locker room and stuff is crazy. It was a great facility. I don’t think any college got that.”

Mussatto also got the chance to talk to Tandy’s coach, Grant Shouse, about the visit, who said his 6-foot-2 guard is extremely interested in being the next great local talent to suit up in blue and white.

“Obviously being a Kentucky kid he really, really likes the thought of being there,” Shouse said. “He really enjoyed his visit, talked very highly of the facilities, the players and just their length and athleticism. Being in Rupp Arena on the floor down there gave him a great sense of what it would be like.”

Kentucky has yet to offer, but they might need to soon if they want a major shot at landing the dynamic guard. Averaging 31.6 points per game on 61% from the field and 45% from the three-point line, Tandy’s recruitment is already heating up. He currently holds offers from Tennessee, Oklahoma, Florida, and Iowa State, among others.

Here are Tandy’s highlights from his recent 34-point outing:

Bring him on home, Coach Cal.

Article written by Jack Pilgrim

Follow me on Twitter: @JackPilgrimKSR

26 responses to “John Calipari and Joel Justus in to see local four-star talent Kyky Tandy”

  1. Ridge Runner

    Bring him into the fold, Coach!

  2. Jay17282

    I swear to goodness if he goes to Tennessee it will be Chris Loften all over again he will torch the cats every time they play

    1. Booby Petrino

      Agree lol

    2. henderblue

      Agree. I would hate to see Tandy go to Tennessee or Auburn and if Cal hadn’t showed up tonight, I would be worried that he would end up at one of those two places. Here in Henderson we had heard that his dad wanted to see more interest from UK, so Cal showing up tonight tells me that they are hearing his dad, one, and two, they are interested in him. Travis Ford and Ray Harper are at the game too

  3. Blublood41

    Kid is explosive. Curious as to why Cal would be interested in this kid but not the Quentin gooden or the kid at western lighting it up. Sometimes I just have to shake my head. He paints himself into a corner sometimes in terms of numbers. He has 3 guards on this team, not nearly enough. I knew all along knox was no 2 guard.

  4. BBN_strive_4_9

    Please, please, please offer this kid

  5. Kevin C

    His nickname is “KyKy”? Sounds like he’s destined to play at Kentucky.

    1. Ridge Runner

      So true Kevin

    2. BBN_strive_4_9

      He better be

  6. Ridge Runner


    1. Ridge Runner

      Disregard. Product of my error and inability to edit.

  7. channell

    If this kid ends up at Tenn. Cal needs to be tared and feathered.

  8. tim

    We don’t need him, he doesn’t have a 44.5 inch vertical.

    1. a21CATSfan

      Shhooooottt….he might.

    2. Ridge Runner

      Yup, he’s got some hops for sure…

    3. henderblue

      He can get off the floor

  9. RajonTheDon9

    If his parents voted for Trump then I would love to have him!

  10. Tony the Liger

    When did he become a four-star? Seems like KSR was talking about him as a three-star within the last couple of days.

  11. MegatonRange

    6-foot-3 guard? He’s already grown 2 inches in the span of a week!

  12. Memphis UK Cat

    Let’s get our KyKy home to BBN

  13. BigBlueNationDude

    It would be a shame if he doesn’t come. Did Duke offer yet? If so he isnt coming

  14. Blublood41

    Went for 33 tonight in front of Cal and Travis Ford. Hit two big free throws while he was cramping up. This kid can play…

  15. trumpetguy

    Pretty good looking athlete, AND basketball player. Play that stood out to me was sweet left-handed shovel pass to a teammate for easy two. Agree with Jay17282 comment regarding former in-state kid Chris Lofton who went on to star at UT…..we don’t need that repeated!

  16. ukfan9

    Think he’s already signed to NKU but would have liked for him to give Trevon Faulkner at Mercer Co. a look.

  17. s49

    Saw him play a couple weeks ago. He had an off night, but was still able to get teammates involved and never moped. Great to see that on an off night.