Former Kentucky target and University Heights’ star KyKy Tandy will make his college announcement tomorrow. The 6-foot-1, 175-pound score-first point guard will decide between Xavier and Ole Miss. 4/5 analysts on 247 Sports peg the Kentuckian to cross the river to play for the Musketeers.
University Heights Academy’s KyKy Tandy will make his college decision tomorrow afternoon. It’s down to Xavier and Mississippi for the 2019 guard. pic.twitter.com/UhAn5anAVY
— Tyler Dixon (@tdixonKNE) October 22, 2018
A year ago KSR was fielding questions about whether Tandy would be the next Dominique Hawkins or Derek Willis; a Kentuckian that dominated high school basketball in the state and wanted to wear the blue and white at the college level. Tandy certainly was talented enough to get UK’s attention. The Cats watched him a handful of times and met with him a time or two before poo hit the fan.
Tandy’s father, Keith Torain, virtually ended the recruitment with a controversial quote that led to UK never calling Tandy back:
“If they come with the offer, they come with the offer,” Keith Torian told Kyle Tucker of SEC Country. “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.”
/narrator voice. Tandy never received an offer from UK.
In all seriousness, I kinda felt bad for Tandy. Even if he didn’t want to end up at Kentucky, it has to be a pretty neat feeling for a Kentuckian to land an offer from UK. It’s something that’s rare nowadays and Tandy wasn’t given a chance because of his Torian’s comments.
As time progressed UK looked at another in-state product and Dontaie Allen wasn’t going to play any games. During the meeting where UK offered Allen he instantly took them up on the offer and said he wanted to commit, surprising everyone in the room including his family.
My guess is that Tandy picks Xavier tomorrow where he will follow in Kentuckian’s Quentin Goodin’s footsteps. Goodin will be a starter for his junior season and is coming off a year where he averaged 8.7 points, 4.9 assists and 2.9 rebounds per game for the No. 1 seeded Musketeers.
Tandy is really fun to watch and incredibly gifted offensively. With UK missing out on Scottie Lewis and looking to add one more perimeter player it could have been a nice fit, but it seems Tandy (or his father) wants him to be the guy from day one and there’s nothing wrong with that. As Calipari says (often), Kentucky isn’t for everyone.