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.