Western Kentucky is putting the full-court press on Dekeyvan Tandy.
A four-star guard at University Heights Academy in Hopkinsville, WKU coach Rick Stansbury and his staff have made the junior a focus of their recent recruiting efforts.
“I would say, maybe initially, as far back as lat season a little bit – we’ve been going to their summer camp every year,” UHA coach Grant Shouse said about Tandy’s recruitment from WKU. “We had a previous player that graduated and went to Wofford College, Tray Hollowell, who was a solid player. He had some schools looking at him at one time and I think Western might have shown a little bit of interest then. I think they knew about (Tandy) probably as early as then.
“I think recently it’s been turned up quite a bit.”
Tandy (6-1, 160) already has scholarship offers from Florida, Oklahoma, New Mexico State and WKU. That list is expected to grow over the coming months and into next summer.
Tandy, who goes by ‘KyKy,’ shot 54.9 percent from the floor last year as a sophomore and scored 23.6 points per game. He also connected on 40.8 percent of his 3-point shots, 85.7 percent of his free throws and collected four rebounds per game.
“He’s very athletic. Explosive scorer – can score in bunches,” Shouse said. “Gets to the rim, finishes with both hands, can step out and shoot the ball as well. Just a really, really tough player to keep in front of you.”
Tandy, who visited WKU on Nov. 15 to watch the Hilltoppers play Kentucky Wesleyan, was considered one of the top performers at the Next Up Elite Exposure Camp in Wilmore in July and played on the UnderClassman All American Game in March in Marietta, Ga. He’s part of the Team Thad AAU program.
On Saturday, Stansbury watched Tandy scored 20 points – 16 in the second half – in a UHA win over Fort Campbell. Stansbury was also in attendance Thursday at Marshall County where UHA lost to Graves County and Tandy scored 34.
“I think he’s enjoying the recruiting process right now. He’s a veteran of the AAU circuit,” Shouse said. “He’s played on the (Nike Elite Youth Basketball League) a couple seasons now. I think some kids respond better to that type of attention and he seems to really, really like that. He is appreciative of every one that comes to watch him play. He’s a really good kid and he’s working hard in the classroom. I know with Western being such close proximity, it’s definitely appealing to have that option.
“He’s really just open to everyone right now, I feel like. I think by next year toward the end of our season he’ll probably try to maybe start whittling down some serious options as far scheduling official visits and what not. As far as committing early next year, I don’t know where he is there as far as when he’ll commit. I think it’s very wide open at this point.”
Sweet lord. UHA 2019 recruit KyKy Tandy picked up 3 fouls in the 1st quarter tonight, and played sparingly, but still scored 20 points and did THIS. Holy windmill, @TandyDekeyvan. pic.twitter.com/X2jyX1DS5F— Chris Jung (@ChrisJungKNE) December 3, 2017
KyKy Tandy hits a 3-pointer for his 34th point and UHA cuts Graves County lead to 66-65 with :45 left. Wow. pic.twitter.com/t67ooa8YLf— Chris Jung (@ChrisJungKNE) December 1, 2017
KyKy Tandy(2019) from University Heights in Hop Town is hard to stop. Top 15 pg in the country. ������ pic.twitter.com/D3W4nkQxvj— NPA SPORTS (@npasports1) November 22, 2017
KyKy Tandy steal and circus layup gives him 22 points and UHA a 53-47 lead over Fort Knox late in 3Q. pic.twitter.com/UgkqhifTrS— Chris Jung (@ChrisJungKNE) January 26, 2017
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