Indiana offer “surreal” for 2016 guard Kyle Guy

  • 07/22/2013 7:43 pm in

One of the top young shooters in the midwest is the latest to receive a scholarship offer from Indiana.

Kyle Guy, a rising sophomore who averaged 13.5 points and 5.5 rebounds last season at Lawrence Central, picked up an offer from the Hoosiers during a conversation with Kenny Johnson and Tom Crean on Monday.

“He (Coach Crean) was telling me that they really liked me and that they’ve pretty much watched all of my games this whole July and that I’m a great fit at IU,” Guy told Inside the Hall on Monday night. “They don’t want me to worry about committing or anything like that, but said ‘we are going to offer you a scholarship today.'”

Guy, who has interest from several Big Ten schools and an offer from Indiana State, called the offer from Indiana “surreal.”

“It’s a real blessing. I’m honored to get a scholarship from a school that big and Indiana in particular,” he said. “It’s been a winning program and a winning tradition and when I do come down to picking my final schools in the years to come, I want that to be a priority, a winning tradition.”

The 6-foot-2 guard was one of the standouts at last weekend’s Under Armour Summer Jam in Indianapolis. He had multiple games of more than 20 points playing up two age groups for Men of the Family, his AAU program. The Indiana staff scouted him extensively in Milwaukee and in Indianapolis during the first evaluation period at the adidas Invitational.

Guy visited Indiana for “three or four” games this past season and also took an unofficial visit back in June.

“The number one thing that you can’t miss is the fanbase,” Guy said. “They’re pretty wild. I really like that about IU. The visit I took in June was a lot better because I got to tour the campus, talk to Coach Crean one on one and then play open gym with the guys. That was a great experience.”

Despite the early offers and attention from other schools like Purdue, Michigan, Michigan State, Ohio State, Butler and Xavier, Guy is planning to let the recruiting process play out.

He did, however, say that the prospect of playing close to home could have its advantages.

“The school I get the gut feeling about will be the right school,” he said. “Obviously my parents will want me to stay close to home so they can come to the games and their support would really mean a lot if I stayed in-state. I’m interested in all of the colleges and when I get that feeling, that’s when I’ll know. Definitely in-state probably has an advantage at this point.”

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