2016 guard Kyle Guy sees explosion in recruitment

  • 08/06/2014 8:17 am in

GARDEN GROVE, Calif. — Just two and a half weeks ago, 2016 guard Kyle Guy and his Indiana Elite 2015 squad was in Redondo Beach, Calif., participating in the Battle at the Beach tournament.

There, he spoke of a few schools showing interest, but nothing had significantly changed in his recruitment.

Two weeks later, he was back in southern California. This time, on two days notice, he was participating in one of the most prestigious youth basketball camps in the country: adidas Nations. And plenty has changed in those two weeks.

“This is always a dream for me,” Guy told Inside the Hall on Saturday morning. “But I didn’t think it would be like this.”

When Indiana Elite arrived in Las Vegas from Redondo Beach for the adidas Super64, the final tournament of the adidas Gauntlet held from July 23-27, Guy and his teammates felt confident.

After all, they recorded a 12-4 record in their first three tournaments in the Gauntlet and felt they were being overlooked heading into the the tournament. As Guy, the No. 118 prospect in the 2016 class, said, “we had a chip on our shoulder.”

“Everyone talks about Dream Vision for one and Game Elite and all that, and they just overlooked us,” he said. “We knew we were going to go in and take care of business.”

And they did.

Indiana Elite won the adidas Super64 without losing a game, defeating Dream Vision in the final, as well. And Guy, who is playing a year up, led Indiana Elite to the title, shooting 16-for-31 beyond the arc (best 3-point shooting percentage) and 30-for-62 from the field in the tournament.

“The night after we won it, we went out to eat as a team and watched the game on ESPN, the replay,” Guy recalled. “And I had to leave like eight times to talk to eight different coaches.

“And five of them offered.”

Within that week following the adidas Super64, Guy was offered scholarships from Iowa, Iowa State, North Carolina State, Northwestern and Virginia.

And on Wednesday, July 30, he was invited to participate in adidas Nations, where he played alongside Rawle Alkins, Payton Pritchard and T.J. Leaf, among others, for Team Wall. It was his last event of the summer.

Guy said he will “probably” take visits soon to Virginia and Iowa, along with the schools within Indiana that are recruiting him — Indiana, Purdue and Butler.

But for now, Guy finally has the time to relax before starting his junior year at Lawrence Central.

And when he looked back from the adidas Nations gym in Garden Grove to the decision to join Indiana Elite earlier this summer back home in Indianapolis, he realizes he has come a long way.

“I’m glad I chose to play with them,” Guy said. “It was a good decision.”

(Photo credit: Kelly Kline/adidas)

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  • CreamandCrimson

    First, Indiana Elite is a tremendous AAU program that consistently produces really good players and really good teams.

    Second, I love Kyle Guy’s game. I’ve seen him in person a couple of times and he has never failed to impress. As the numbers show, he is a great shooter. Equally impressive to me was the number of ways he impacted the game (and that’s just as a HS Sophomore). He is a really good passer, he takes care of the ball, he has a knack for hitting timely shots, he rebounds better than he should be able to with his size. Long story short, he’s a player that seems to do whatever it takes to help his team win. The 2015 class seems more in flux than ever so I have a hard time thinking about 2016 but I love watching Kyle Guy play and I’d be thrilled if he eventually ended up staying close to home and playing for our Hoosiers.

  • plane1972

    Never seen him play, but I like his attitude.

  • rbhagwat

    Watched the Super64 finals game and was so impressed with Kyle. There is some really good talent coming down the pipeline in Indiana so if we could lock him up and get a few more guys from in state, I think we would be set.

  • ForeverIU

    It’s always nice getting insight from someone who has watched a recruit play. Thanks.

  • CreamandCrimson

    Glad to help when I can….if an IU prospect plays somewhere around the Indianapolis area, I try to watch them a few times. I’m no expert but I’m glad at least one person gets some insight from my “report”. For what it’s worth, I saw him at the beginning of the season and towards the end of the season and he had improved noticeably. It appears that improvement has continued during the summer months.

  • ForeverIU

    Keep sending those “insightful reports” 🙂

  • Hoosier Hall

    If we could land this guy and Thon Maker (pipe dream) for 2016 that would be amazing. Toss in a solid 6′ 8″ guy and we would be in great shape.

  • NateMH

    Seriously, why would you even think about visiting Iowa? It’s like Indiana minus the great basketball and beautiful women. Plus, their coach seems kinda uptight

  • g_bo

    Not Franny…

  • Ardeare

    Crean offers everyone who makes their high school team.