‘No. 1 Guy’
Randolph’s Hind Verbally Commits To DII Daemen
Mike Krzyzewski’s phone number has never come up on Kevin Hind’s caller ID.
That’s perfectly fine with the Randolph basketball coach.
He believes his son has found the perfect fit with coach Mike MacDonald at Daemen College instead.
Ty Hind announced on his Twitter account Monday evening that he has verbally committed to the NCAA Division II institution in Amherst.
“We went to Coach Mac’s office back in November, sat there with him, and he put an offer on the table,” Kevin Hind said Wednesday night after No. 4 Randolph upset top-seeded Salamanca in the semifinals of the Salamanca Summer League. “He said, ‘If Duke doesn’t come calling, we could come to Daemen and play for free.'”
The 5-foot-11 guard and reigning Post-Journal Player of the Year will be taking quite an impressive resume to the Buffalo suburbs next fall.
With still a season to go at Randolph, Hind is already the school’s all-time leading scorer with 1,487 points, 73 better than Blake Morrison’s 1,414. When combined with his point total from his eighth-grade year when he played at Jamestown High School, Hind has 1,645 varsity points.
“I’ve always been kind of a team-first guy. I’ve never played for myself,” Ty Hind said Wednesday, “but knowing you have someone, a college, that no matter what happens you can go there … it’s a relief.”
This past season, Hind made 91 of 197 3-point attempts, for a blistering 46 percent success rate. His 294 career 3-pointers are already second in Section VI history, behind Joe Licata’s 343 at Williamsville South.
“I played Division III and I know how good DIII players are,” said Kevin Hind, who played collegiately at SUNY Brockport. “(Division II) is a higher level of basketball and they do all the right things. (Ty) has a chance to go there and play for four years. We could not be happier.”
Last winter, Hind was named the Chautauqua-Cattaraugus Athletic Association Player of the Year for the third consecutive season after averaging 24.4 points, 6.7 assists, 5.7 rebounds and 2.6 steals per game for the Cardinals.
“I went and watched three of their games during basketball season,” Ty said. “I visited after the season and went to one of their practices. I’ve always been up there for tournaments so I’m very familiar with the college.”
“When we went to practice in November, everybody on the team shook Ty’s hand,” Kevin added. “Coach Mac said Ty was his No. 1 guy, No. 1 recruit and No. 1 guard for 2020. When that DII offer came, I stopped. We told Coach Mac it’s hour from home and has the programs he wanted. It’s a dream come true.”
Last year, Randolph won the Section VI Class C-2 championship before losing to Middle Early College in the Class C crossover game.
“We have a lot of the pieces we need,” Ty said about advancing out of Section VI this winter. “Everybody needs to gain more confidence and just play without worrying about it. We have all the pieces, so it should be interesting.”
Daemen won the East Coast Conference regular-season championship this past season with a 16-2 league record to go along with a 24-6 overall mark.
“I think I’ll be perfectly fine,” Ty said about the step up in competition that comes with college basketball. ” … I’ve always played older kids and great competition. I’ve worked on my game forever.”
MacDonald has been at Daemen for the past five seasons. He has a 105-43 mark with the Wildcats, and has helped the team advance to four straight ECC Tournaments.
“It’s not a huge college. … Coach Mac is a great coach. Everybody says great things about him,” Ty said. “He’s coached a lot of basketball. He has said all the right things. It’s just been a great experience.”
Prior to coaching at Daemen, MacDonald led Medaille, a Division III program, for eight seasons and coached at Division I Canisius for nine seasons where he won 108 games to rank third on the program’s career list.
“Coach Mac … coached DI and DIII, and took both teams to NCAA tourneys. Now he is at DII and is highly successful,” Kevin said. “I knew Ty would play I just wasn’t sure at what level or where. The more I talked to Coach Mac it just seems perfect for Ty.”