Ever since Dominque Hawkins and Derek Willis graduated, Kentucky fans have been begging for a local talent to come in and fill that homegrown role they left wide open. Big shoes to fill, obviously.
Then came four-star shooting guard and Hopkinsville’s own KyKy Tandy.
Tandy averaged over 30 points per game on nearly 50-percent shooting from three as a junior at University Heights Academy. His stock has risen tremendously, with offers pouring in from Tennessee, Florida, Oklahoma, and Kansas State, among others. Louisville is even starting to make a run at him.
If there was ever a Kentucky-born prospect Wildcat fans wanted to suit up in blue and white, Tandy is your guy.
Unfortunately for the Big Blue Nation, however, it looks like Tandy isn’t interested in being a four-year backup role player. If you ask his father, at least.
“If they come with the offer, they come with the offer,” Keith Torian told Kyle Tucker of SEC Country this weekend. “If he does get an offer, he’s not going to Kentucky with three or four point guards there. He’s not no bench player. And that’s what they think he is: He’ll just come in and play four years. No, no.”
John Calipari and his entire coaching staff have visited Tandy on multiple occasions, both to watch him play and talk to him about potentially playing at Kentucky. An offer has yet to come, but many expect one to be on the horizon in the very near future.
Tandy has said on multiple occasions that he’d love to earn a scholarship from Kentucky. In fact, he told KSR at the Sweet 16 that he “could get used to” hearing his name called over the loudspeaker at Rupp Arena.
Still, though, Tandy’s father doesn’t understand the holdup on Kentucky’s end.
“I really don’t know,” Torian told SEC Country. “No. 1 point guard in the state — as a junior. What else can he do? If you’ve seen him play, I don’t know. Maybe they want him to run a team better. I don’t know. I talk to them sometimes, but not much, and they say everything is good. I don’t know what good is.”
Tandy came to his father’s defense on Twitter, saying he’s not in it for the media attention like LaVar Ball. “He just believes in his kid.”
LOOK my dad is not a LAVAR BALL. He just believe in his kid
— Dekeyvan Tandy (@TandyDekeyvan) April 30, 2018
Tandy would love to hear his name over the loudspeakers at Rupp Arena in college. But will that be for a rival school like Tennessee or Louisville?