When asked about his reputation as a shooter, Lawrence Central High School sophomore-to-be Kyle Guy has a quick answer.
“I’m going to be honest: I hate that term,” said Guy, a 6-2 guard. “That (perception) that all I can do is shoot, I hate it. If you look at my stats, I shot like 27 percent from the 3-point line (as a freshman). It’s actually one of my strengths, but I try to do it all.”
Guy jumped into the starting lineup the second game of his freshman season and never let go. He was second on the team in scoring (13.5 ppg), behind only senior guard Davonte Harris (14.7 ppg). While he did only make 27.9 percent from the 3-point line (17-for-61), he also led his team in rebounding (5.5) and hit 88 percent of his free throws (73-for-83).
In short, Guy established himself as a name to watch in the 2016 class.
“Coming in I had no idea what was expected for me,” he said. “In the summer I was a sixth man, seventh man. Then toward the end I started to play a lot more and get more minutes. The first game of the season I didn’t start, but the second game I started and did pretty well. After that, (coach J.R. Shelt) told me that’s what he expected from me the rest of the season.”
While Guy is in the very early stages of his recruitment, he has taken visits to Butler, Indiana and Purdue, and coaches from those schools have watched him play. He said Notre Dame, Colorado and Stanford have also expressed early interest.
“That’s pretty much the main group for right now,” he said. “(The visits) were great. I want to take advantage of them and try to experience it all while I can. (The college coaches) told me I’ll do great things and have success if I keep working on my game.”
* Harry Wills, a 2012 Ben Davis graduate, committed to Vermont on Wednesday night. The 6-1 Wills averaged 25.5 points in a postgraduate year at Mercersburg Academy (Pa.).
Wills took an official visit to Vermont last week, after previously visiting Georgia State. Vermont, which plays in the America East Conference, played in the NCAA tournament in 2010 and ’12 and has won at least 21 games each of the past five years.
* Lincoln Trail (Ill.) Junior College picked up commitments from three local seniors: Hamilton Southeastern’s Larry Johnson and Northwest’s Michael Brown and Tyler Alexander.
* Mt. Vernon 6-5 senior Stephen Turner has committed to Division II Florida Southern. Turner averaged 14.3 points and 6.8 rebounds as a senior, helping the Marauders to a Class 3A regional title and No. 1 ranking much of the season. Florida Southern is coached by former Purdue player and assistant coach Linc Darner.
Super Shootout Saturday
The Eric Gordon Super Shootout All-Star Games are set for Saturday at 1 p.m. at North Central. Gordon, the former North Central and Indiana star, will be on hand to sign autographs prior to the game. The girls game is first, followed by the boys.
Go to the Recruiting Central blog at blogs.indystar.com/recruitingcentral for rosters. Cost is $10 at the door. There will be an Unsigned Senior Workout from 8-11 a.m. in the auxiliary gym.
This is the first of two weekends in April that college coaches are allowed to be at sanctioned tournaments to evaluate recruits. Locally, there are two events to watch.
The Hoosier Jam Fest begins at 6 p.m. Friday and will be headquartered at Ben Davis High School. The Circle City Shootout at Fishers Fieldhouse will also begin Friday night and run through Sunday.