The KHSAA Sweet 16 got off to a hot start yesterday, specifically with the electric finishes of Scott County vs. Trinity and Pikeville vs. John Hardin.
To kick off day two, fans were treated to one of the top players in the state.
Kyky Tandy, a three-star guard out of Hopkinsville, put on a show in front of the Rupp Arena crowd, finishing the day with 31 points (11-17 shooting, 3-5 from three), three rebounds, and an assist.
Unfortunately for Tandy, he didn’t get enough help from his teammates on either end of the floor, leading to an opening round loss for his University Heights team.
Campbell County, led by 23 points from guard Joel Day and 21 from Tanner Clos, took home their first Sweet 16 victory in program history. The Camels will take on the winner of Oldham County and McCracken County tomorrow night.
We’ll be covering the rest of the tournament, where you’ll get updates on Campbell County, Scott County, Pikeville, and the other impressive teams that moved on to the quarterfinals. For now, however, the attention needs to be on Tandy’s ridiculous season and Kentucky’s interest in the star guard.
To put it simply, Tandy is a stud. I have watched all of his highlight tapes and have seen the numbers, but I had to see it in person to believe it. And I’m sold.
John Calipari needs to lock him up as soon as possible.
With the ball in his hands, Tandy is incredibly gifted. His jump shot is crisp and will absolutely translate to the next level. He is able to maneuver in traffic, find the open man, and put the ball in the basket when his team needs it most.
Down by double-digits late in the fourth, Tandy took the game into his own hands offensively, scoring 13 points alone. With a few defensive stops, University Heights’ title hopes would still be alive. They had a shot.
The most impressive aspect of Tandy’s game is just how efficient he is. Even with double and triple teams, the three-star guard finds a way to put the ball in the hoop under pressure. For the most part, he almost always finds the best shot and converts. It’s a balanced effort, too. In the first half, Tandy finished with 14 points (6-8 shooting, 2-2 from three), and then followed it up with 17 in the second half.
He can make some questionable decisions that lead to turnovers or missed shots, but it’s kept to a minimum. A lot of it has to do with just how reliant his team on him to put points on the board, and it translates to hero ball on occasion. But very rarely does it hurt his team.
And as you’ve seen on YouTube, he’s a human highlight reel.
Late in the second quarter, a double team swarmed, and he immediately crossed over and went behind the back to cut through traffic, and then finished over another defender on a floater from midrange. He had very minimal space to work with and still made something out of nothing, a habit Tandy seems to have.
Here’s the highlight, just one of several he had on the day:
Campbell County can’t stop KyKy Tandy. pic.twitter.com/Ap5x1hVdRW
— Josh Moore (@HLpreps) March 15, 2018
“He’s a great player,” said Campbell County’s Tanner Clos. “He can shoot from anywhere, even with a hand in his face, it doesn’t matter.”
And it didn’t.
The defense suffocated him in the second and third quarters to slow him down, but he was still able to make plays. With the game on the line in the fourth, even lockdown defensive efforts did nothing to slow him down. Hand in his face, double/triple teams, whatever, he was going to get his. And that will translate to the next level.
Tandy’s stock is soaring, and the big dogs are going to be fighting for him in the very near future.
Listed as a top-150 player in the class of 2019, Tandy currently holds offers from Florida, Oklahoma, and Tennessee, among others, but don’t be surprised if Kentucky extends an offer soon.
Various members of the Kentucky coaching staff have visited Tandy over the last few weeks, with John Calipari making a visit during the regional tournament. In every game a member of the coaching staff showed up, the 6-foot-1 guard put on a scoring clinic.
The interest is mutual.
Though he’s not in any rush to make a decision, Tandy said he could get used to hearing his name on the loudspeaker at Rupp Arena.
“I’m not really looking at college right now,” he said. “But I can get used to hearing my name out there.”
The Cats are busy in Boise trying to make a run in the NCAA Tournament, but I would be shocked if they didn’t eventually make a move to keep Tandy in Lexington.