Kentucky coach John Calipari has been visiting some of the nations top talent for 2018 and 2019 the last couple of weeks but those visits have been outside the state of Kentucky.
University Heights star Dekeyvan (KyKy) Tandy is one of the top basketball players in the state but is yet to receive a scholarship offer from Calipari. Meanwhile, other major schools are taking notice of Tandy, as he holds offers from Cincinnati, Florida, Iowa State, Kansas State, New Mexico State, Boston College, Western Kentucky, and Tennessee. He will host Tennessee coach Rick Barnes for an in-home visit this week.
While Calipari hasn’t extended a scholarship offer his way, he has been in attendance to watch him play. Calipari, along with assistant coach Joel Justus, watched Tandy score 33 points in a Regional final win in March. Tandy had been on campus for an unofficial visit the week prior.
247Sports rates Tandy as a three-star prospect while Rivals list him as a four-star. 247 has him as the 150th best player and 27th shooting guard in the country while Rivals places him at 116th overall. With a strong summer for Team Thad, those rankings should climb, but will it be enough to score an offer from Calipari?
Kentucky fans love to see Kentuckian’s on the roster, especially when they feel they can help the team. The last in-state players to earn scholarships to Kentucky were Dominique Hawkins and Derek Willis, both members of Kentucky’s 2013 recruiting class.
The spring recruiting period comes to a close on April 18th and the next three months will just offer evaluation periods for coaches. Calipari has in-home visits with James Wiseman and Vernon Carey Jr. on Monday, the top two players in the 2019 class. It will be interesting to see if Calipari pays a visit to Tandy before the period comes to a close.
Kentucky fans have already fallen in love with Tandy’s game and they would be ecstatic if the Hopkinsville guard landed an offer from Calipari. If not, the UK head coach could face some criticism if this one slips away to another program, especially one on the UK schedule.