6’1” guard KyKy Tandy and 6’11” center Dieonte Miles are, as most of you know by now, two of Xavier’s signees in the 2019 recruiting class.
On Saturday night, they got to team up on the Kentucky Boy’s all-star team and faced Ohio in “The Battle at the Border.”
Though Ohio came out on top, 112-108, Tandy and Miles gave Xavier fans a glimpse of what the future could look like.
Tandy looked like the best player on the floor, as he drained six threes en route to 30 points. He was also one of the fastest players on the floor, changing ends quickly in transition to get some easy buckets.
His match-up for the majority of his time on the floor was UC signee, and former Xavier commit, Samari Curtis. Tandy defended Curtis well, as Curtis took until the final few minutes of the fourth quarter to get going on offense. Curtis finished with 13 points.
Miles didn’t get many offensive opportunities, as he only scored three points off a put-back dunk and a free throw, but his potential was evident throughout the game.
On defense, Miles looked comfortable both in the paint and on the perimeter, moving well and keeping up with quicker guards. He looked the part of a free safety at times, and his ability to move for his size makes him a high upside player. He also showed a willingness to shoot the three.
They didn’t get to play much together, due to the game having set rotations for the first three quarters, but they played together a lot in the fourth. Tandy found Miles down low off a nice pass, but Miles was fouled going up for the shot.
Though the night ended in a loss, it was an impressive showing for both. Tandy was named Kentucky’s most outstanding player, and Miles finished with two blocks.
After the game, Tandy and Miles were asked when they wanted to get to campus. Tandy replied “as soon as possible.” Miles echoed the sentiment, adding “I couldn’t have said it better myself.”