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Kentucky is no longer recruiting Kyky Tandy

Kentucky fans might have to wait a little bit longer to see an in-state star wear Kentucky blue.

Hopkinsville’s KyKy Tandy became a household name around the Commonwealth last season, scoring more than 30 points a game to lead University Heights to the Sweet 16.  A proficient three-point shooter and a four-star prospect ranked in the 130s, Tandy appeared to be the perfect fit for Kentucky…until his father opened his mouth.

“If they come with the offer, they come with the offer,” Keith Torian told Kyle Tucker in late April. “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.”

Up to that point, John Calipari and Joel Justus watched Tandy play several times and were frequently communicating with the in-state star.  Since Tandy’s father made headlines, the Cats cut ties.

“I haven’t heard from them since my dad said what he said,” Tandy told the Cats Pause at the NBA Top 100 Camp Thursday night. “I don’t think they’re recruiting me anymore.”

Tandy admitted that his father’s statement is true — he wants to play at a school where he can be a featured player — but acknowledged that his father should not have said that.  With UK out of the picture, Auburn, Tennessee and Cincinnati are Tandy’s top suitors.  Kentucky does have one other 2019 in-state option, Dontaie Allen, a 6’6″ swingman who visited campus Sunday.

To all parents, please learn this lesson: don’t give John Calipari ultimatums.

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Article written by Nick Roush

"Look upon the doughnut, and not upon the hole." @RoushKSR

30 Comments for Kentucky is no longer recruiting Kyky Tandy

  1. Bluebloodtoo
    1:47 pm June 15, 2018 Permalink

    Maybe the lesson to learn for parents is more like this: unless you are a basketball coach making millions of dollars a year, don’t presume to know more than one who does.

    • Cletis75
      10:59 pm June 15, 2018 Permalink

      He needs to try to contact the staff and tell Lavar Jr to shut his mouth. With the competition at KY, I think this kid could be phenomenal. But he needs the day in day out competition to bring it out. Cal doesn’t deal with demands because everyone will start the same crap.

  2. MadHatter
    1:48 pm June 15, 2018 Permalink

    Definitely not the best fit since papa seems to want guaranteed minutes. Some guys shy away from competition, for whatever reason. He’ll be able to show “he ain’t no bench player” at mid tier programs. Good luck.

  3. JTHinton
    1:53 pm June 15, 2018 Permalink

    Lol the double negative confused me…

    • JTHinton
      1:54 pm June 15, 2018 Permalink

      Jk but seriously, “he’s not no bench player” sounds like LaVar

  4. Gocats30
    2:04 pm June 15, 2018 Permalink

    Hope he doesnt go to a school we end up playing. Might show us he aint a bench player.

  5. meeksfor3
    2:06 pm June 15, 2018 Permalink

    “I ain’t no impressed with your dad talk playa”-LeVar Ball

  6. Catcasey1
    2:08 pm June 15, 2018 Permalink

    Good job dad

  7. wbonds06
    2:19 pm June 15, 2018 Permalink

    To All Parents…Always do what is best for your kid! Period! There are thousands of athletes succeeding daily that aren’t attending UK. I think KyKy will be ok.

    • crazycatfan65
      3:07 pm June 15, 2018 Permalink

      Those so-called thousands maybe succeeding at other schools but “their brand” will never reach the pinnacle it could have at a blueblood program. Sooooooooo TO ALL PARENTS..STOP TRYING TO LIVE YOUR LIFE THROUGH YOUR KIDS!! LET THEM MAKE THEIR OWN DECISIONS AND MISTAKES AND THEN OFFER HELP ON HOW TO FIX THAT MISTAKE.

    • bigblue2284
      1:06 am June 16, 2018 Permalink

      Steph Curry, LBJ, K Leonard, Paul George, Klay Thompson and Durant seem to be building brands just fine without “blue bloods”. The arrogance sometimes is silly, UK is a great program but there is enough exposure now a days it doesn’t matter the schools as much.

  8. jos_ros_
    2:19 pm June 15, 2018 Permalink

    if he was good enough to be a starter here his ranking would reflect that. sorry pops

  9. Alex90
    2:41 pm June 15, 2018 Permalink

    Even if he was never going to UK having UK recruiting you brings attention from other schools. Sounds like he will be ok but it was a really dumb move to say that.

  10. runningunnin.454
    2:54 pm June 15, 2018 Permalink

    He should check out Oklahoma; they’ll let him shoot when he crosses half court…shoot, you’re open.

  11. Han
    3:24 pm June 15, 2018 Permalink

    I can see it now. 3-4 years from now when he’s averaging 20-25 a game early in the year and our freshmen are struggling, the critics in our fanbase will be attacking Cal for not reeling him in, completely ignoring the fact that he didn’t want to come here and sit on the bench or fight for playing time. It’ll happen, I guarantee it. Only way those critics would be louder would be if he was white too.

    • ukkatzfan
      3:46 pm June 15, 2018 Permalink

      Dumba$$ !!! From beginning to end.

    • Bluebloodtoo
      4:06 pm June 15, 2018 Permalink

      The 5 star recruits we get now all come to UK expecting to fight for playing time. So, is that an attitude issue or fear that causes him not to accept those terms?

    • Greatcatfan
      5:52 pm June 17, 2018 Permalink

      I think Han was saying that the kid doesn’t want to be a multiple year guy but when he is critics are going to make stupid remarks about how a seasoned guy is scoring more points early in the season on mid tier competition (when no one else on his team is scoring at all) then our freshman are against ranked teams spreading the ball around. They completely ignore the fact that come March his team will be averaging about the same ppg and KY will be putting up 10 plus points more and allowing 5 plus less. The white comment (if not race related) was to point out that some people go nuts for white athletes that can compete in predominantly African-American sports. Same way they went nuts for Tiger in golf when his streak was during a some what down time in the sport compared to some of the legendary guys runs.

  12. Duff86
    3:46 pm June 15, 2018 Permalink

    He could go to WKU and be a hero.

  13. jaws2
    3:47 pm June 15, 2018 Permalink

    But, But, But…. he’s a KENTUUUUUCKY kid! We can’t possibly win a title without ONE!!!!! We NEEEEED him!!!

    • meeksfor3
      3:53 pm June 15, 2018 Permalink

      We do need experience though and evidently we can’t even get KY kids to come here and get that now like we did with Miller and Hawkins. As UK and Duke have proven it takes experience to go with the talented freshmen to win the title. Neither team has been able to do it with the greatest majority of playing time going to freshmen.

    • Greatcatfan
      5:58 pm June 17, 2018 Permalink

      Saban and Meyer only take the cream off the top in AL and OH(how do you think we get the anywhere near the 10 players from the state) they finish getting their stud classes everywhere else.

  14. UKFootballYall
    3:47 pm June 15, 2018 Permalink

    There is already enough LaVar in the world to go around. Who wants part II here anyway, whether the player is a local kid or not? I wish him the best though. If he ever makes it to the NBA maybe he can hire an English tutor for his father.

  15. Kat4Life
    4:03 pm June 15, 2018 Permalink

    I agree 100% with the father, and the young man……you essentially scream the words “YOU WILL BE ON OUR BENCH” when you bring in multiple 5-star players at his position prior to offering him. If he wants to be a featured player, he absolutely needs to go elsewhere. Sometimes the truth is hard to hear.
    That said…….I hope like hell he doesn’t go to Tennessee……I still have nightmares about Allen Houston, Scotty Hopson, and Chris Lofton

    • Greatcatfan
      5:55 pm June 17, 2018 Permalink

      Plenty of 5 stars have been setting behind 4s in the sport of basketball by the time March rolls around. Earn it.

  16. Jiminy Crickets
    4:19 pm June 15, 2018 Permalink

    Tennessee it is

  17. kydrummer
    5:30 pm June 15, 2018 Permalink

    If he wants to be a featured play, show it on the court. Don’t shy away from competition! Playing time is earned not given until you’ve earned it. SGA was not a starter at the beginning of the season but he kept working hard and due to a minor injury got his time to shine and will probably be a 1st round draft pick.

    • codeblue270
      6:44 pm June 15, 2018 Permalink

      This statement is the best argument for any player coming to UK or not – but coach Cal has the best results with these type guards

  18. coach_sportsfan65
    6:02 pm June 15, 2018 Permalink

    After observing him at the Western Ky Team Camp this past weekend I can fully understand why Coach Cal and staff are no longer interested. Appears to be a fine young man but he does not have the talent level to play meaningful minutes for the Blue Mist. His on-court motor and effort was at times painful to watch. Not hating, just stating. UK missed out on the Mr. Basketball from Dunbar that is eating at WKU! – if the desire for rostering a true Ky born and bred baller is the goal they let the 1 in the backyard get away….. Coach

  19. Rick_S
    10:33 am June 18, 2018 Permalink

    Id take Dontaie Allen over kyky any day