Kentucky fans love Kentuckians and that would explain the hype surrounding Hopkinsville’s KyKy Tandy. The four-star scoring guard has a handful of offers and plenty of interest from UK, but the Cats haven’t pulled the trigger on an offer.
Will that change soon? Tandy’s University Heights coach Grant Shouse spoke with Kentucky Sports Radio about Tandy’s game and his recruitment.
On the end of the season at Rupp Arena
Grant Shouse: It was a great experience, but a lot of people felt that we were a year away from being up there to begin with. To get there a year earlier was really great and gave us a chance to take it all in. We started out really well but we couldn’t sustain the play there throughout the game.
KyKy had a really good game individually. He kinda showed everyone a glimpse of what he’s capable of doing. Especially offensively. We all recognize he has some work to do on the defensive end but he really showed a lot of his strengths and what he’s done all year for us regarding scoring the ball at all three levels.
On Tandy handling the big stage with having a target on his back
Grant Shouse: A lot of teams through the course of the year started doing more and more to take him away. A lot of teams were running two guys at the ball. They were playing off into the lanes to plug the gaps so he couldn’t get to the basket.
He handled it really well. He attacked certain defenses and he’s a great ball-handler. He’s so strong with the ball and he’s difficult to trap. There were times he needed to give the ball up and usually he did. If he didn’t he still was able to score but he did wear down a little bit more than anything. He’s done a great job of handling that and I think he welcomes the challenge when people try to take him out of the game.
On his recruitment and where UK stands
Grant Shouse: After we got up there (UK) was gone. The night we played I think they played as well. There was talk about UK being at Rupp if possible. But we left it with UK getting his AAU schedule. He started last weekend in Indianapolis. The stuff I’ve seen it seems he had a pretty good weekend. We’re just waiting for UK and all that information.
They said they’d be in touch and they’d be coming out to watch him with Team Thad this spring and summer so we will just have to wait and see.
On if there any frustrations with a lack of an offer
Grant Shouse: We don’t read much into that. KyKy is staying focused on his school work and working on his game. I feel like he thinks that will take care of itself. The offers he is getting and has gotten he appreciates.
Any frustrations are what they are. KyKy is going to continue to do what he’s done and develop his game and the rest will take care of itself.
On if an offer from UK would hold extra meaning
Grant Shouse: He’s focused on getting better and being the best player he can be. if that generates an offer from Kentucky then I’m sure he would be very thankful and blessed with the opportunity. I think he’s taking it a day at a time and he’s just focusing on getting better.
That’s for everybody else to talk about. We’ve touch on it a little bit. He’s fine continuing on his path and letting everything fall in place.
On if UK would be the favorite if they offered
Grant Shouse: I would definitely would have to defer to him. His dad and family are very involved with his recruiting. When the time is right they will sit down and see where everybody is and they will get a feel for what’s the best fit for him.
It could be Kentucky. No doubt. I think we all know what that means. He’s very aware what it means as far as basketball player getting an offer from UK. It would be something that every top player in the country covets and I’m sure he feels that same way about that.
On Louisville hiring Chris Mack and could that impact KyKy
I thought it was a very good hire on their part. They spent some time on KyKy this year. I know Coach Steele was involved in that quite a bit. Mack was there, too.
KyKy has a lot of respect for him as a coach and at one time he went up to Xavier unofficially. I think Mack going to Louisville will draw his interests again a little bit at least just to see how it plays out. It could create another opportunity for him to stay in the state.
KyKy will show his cards at some point but he’s figuring things out when they come. The Kansas State offer, the timing was pretty ironic I thought.