PEARLAND, Texas – Kyle Guy would like to think he’s the best long-distance shooter among high school seniors.
On Friday, Guy made a strong case for being the top shooter in the nation, winning the Marines Boys 3-Point Championship as part of the American Family Insurance High School Slam & 3-Point Championships.
“This is pretty awesome,” said Guy, from Lawrence Central (Indianapolis). “I remember when I got invited, I was excited because I wanted to showcase that I was the best shooter in the country. I think I did that today.”
The sixth annual 3-point shooting event featured eight of the nation’s top seniors. And in a loaded field, Guy stood out.
In the final, the Virginia signee defeated Auburn signee Jared Harper of Pebblebrook (Mableton, Ga.) Guy made 16 of his first 18 shots in the final round en route to a 23-20 victory.
“It was surreal,” Guy said. “It was a great atmosphere and I had a lot of fun. I had a blast. You’re always fighting to be the best, and when you’re on TV, you kind of shout out to everybody watching.”
Harper had the most points in the first round with 19.
Guy said he had something to prove Friday before a packed gym at Pearland’s Dawson High School, located 15 miles south of Houston.
On Monday, Guy finished second to Kentucky signee Malik Monk in the POWERADE Jam Fest 3-point championship in conjunction with the McDonald’s All-American Game in Chicago.
Then, Guy faltered on the final rack of five balls in the 3-point contest.
“I had to redeem myself because I lost in the McDonald’s 3-point shootout,” Guy said. “So this is a little bit of redemption, but it was fun.
“I knew everyone here. I had played against them before on the AAU circuit so it was fun getting to know them better.”
In the Samsung Battle of Champions 3-point contest, Guy and girls winner Mikayla Pivec split the title with 19 points. Guy went first, and Pivec, an Oregon State signee from Lynnwood, Wash., responded with 19 points. The two were named co-champions.