Kyle Guy committed to Virginia on Monday following a weekend unofficial visit to the school.
Surprised? The Lawrence Central junior guard admitted the timing of the commitment even caught him off guard. Others were surprised by the school selection, after it appeared it could be a Big Ten Conference battle with regional Big East schools like Butler and Xavier in the mix.
But after returning from the visit, Guy decided to make a decision.
“It shocked myself, really, how much I liked everything about Virginia,” said the 6-2 Guy, who is ranked No. 60 nationally in the 2016 class by Rivals. “The coaching staff, the campus, the style and just everything about it. I waited a day because I wanted to make sure, but I felt the same way when I got back.”
The scholarship offers rolled in for Guy after a strong summer. He said the “Indiana schools” – Butler, Indiana and Purdue had all offered – were all strongly considered but he hadn’t reached a point where he’d narrowed down his list. He also had offers from Cal, Indiana State, Iowa, Iowa State, Missouri, North Carolina State, Northwestern, Ole Miss and Xavier.
The distance from home was not a factor for Guy, who averaged 13.6 points as a sophomore.
“The ACC has expanded with Notre Dame and Louisville not that far away,” he said. “My grandparents are retired and can get to all the games. My parents told me to pick a school where I wanted to go and not worry about how far away it was.”
Guy can’t sign a letter of intent until more than a year from now. But he said not expect anything to change his mind on Virginia.
“Unless something drastic happens, like a coaching change, I won’t decommit,” he said. “If I could sign right now, I’d do it.”