Q & A: Class of 2016 guard Kyle Guy talks recruiting

  • 04/17/2014 11:43 am in

INDIANAPOLIS — 6-foot-2 guard Kyle Guy isn’t hesitant to challenge himself.

As a sophomore at Lawrence Central, he dealt with double teams and face-guarding all season. Just two weeks ago, it was revealed he would be leaving his former AAU team to join Indiana Elite 2015 and play a more competitive, national schedule.

This past Saturday, Inside the Hall caught up with Guy, the No. 76 player nationally in his class according to the 247Composite, at the Indyball Shootout after his first two games with his new team. Guy spoke about his new AAU team, his recruitment and one part of his game not many people know about:

With it being your first couple of games with Indiana Elite, how do you think they went?

I thought we played really, really well, especially the first game. We looked really good together, offense was looking really smooth. Second game we got a little out of sorts with the other team playing really aggressive, but I thought we handled it really well.

Why did you decide to move to Indiana Elite?

I always try to play with the best and against the best, especially against the best. And this team plays a hell of a schedule, and they’re one of the best teams in the country, so I just felt like this was right spot for me.

Having just finished your sophomore season at Lawrence Central, how do you feel that went?

I’m probably never satisfied just because I know I can always get better. I’m always working to improve and I played really well because I felt there’s a target on my back this year — I had a lot of double-teams and face-guarding and whatnot. But I thought I handled it pretty well.

How has your recruitment been going, as well?

It’s been good. Really good. I call coaches weekly; try to at least. There’s a couple new schools in the picture: Memphis, Vanderbilt and Oregon.

Have those new schools offered yet?

They have not offered yet. My only offers right now are Indiana, Indiana State and Purdue.

What were your thoughts on how Indiana’s season went?

I thought Tom Crean did pretty good. He got them back on the map. But I thought he did very well and the team did very well.

Where do the Hoosiers fit into the overall picture of your recruitment?

Same as every other school. They all have the same chance.

What attribute about your game do you value most?

I’ll never get out-worked. I’ve got a bigger heart than anybody.

And what do you feel you do particularly well on the court? What do you need to work on most? 

I always improve on every aspect of my game, there’s not one spot besides probably lifting a little bit. My frame’s just not — I can’t gain weight like that, but I’ll get there. But definitely my pull-up jumper and the way I see the floor are some of my strongest attributes.

Last question, what is one thing not many people know about you?

I’ve dunked on six people. 6-5 being the tallest. No 7-footers, but I’m getting there.

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  • marcusgresham

    Someone in the know fill us in. Is this kid a 1, a 2? I’m assuming if they’re face-guarding him he’s a shooter and if he’s dunking on people at 6’2 he should be fairly athletic.
    From the picture he looks pretty thin (which he indicated himself,) but his hands look enormous for his height.

  • CreamandCrimson

    He is a shooting guard. I’ve only seen him play two full games so I am certainly no expert on him but I wouldn’t want him being the primary ball handler for any length of time (as of now anyway).

    You are correct, he’s very skinny and that will need to be improved as he matures. Guy is a really good shooter and I thought he did a nice job of getting himself open for good looks. He’s capable of getting himself into the lane and hitting a 10-15 pull-up and he looks confident shooting the three ball. I didn’t notice defense being a strength or a weakness but he moves well and is pretty athletic so he certainly could become a good defender. In the two games I watched, he didn’t really jump out at me but by the end of the games, he had something like 17 or 18 points. I don’t think he’s a “can’t miss” prospect right now but he’s certainly worth keeping an eye on.

  • FinEndNow

    White kid dunking on people not named Will Sheehey?

  • Shaggy_C

    I tend to read “Same as every other school. They all have the same chance.” as “I’m going to Michigan State” ????

    Seriously though, sounds like he’s got some big time changes coming up switching AAU teams; hopefully it opens up a ton of doors for him and helps him move up in the rankings. Anything to keep Indiana (the state, not just the Hoosiers) basketball at the forefront!

  • FinEndNow

    Indiana cant keep up with the amount of recruits that are coming out of Cali and Texas(obviously). And it hard to compete with Illinois because of Chicago. But for not having a massive population like Cali or Texas and not having a city like Chicago Indiana does really well and puts out a lot of great talent.

  • Eric SIr

    Since I havn’t seen this yet on ITH. Are we going to keep Kenny Johnson or will he go?

  • FinEndNow

    Good question. I havent seen anything on Twitter…. yet..

  • Hoosier Hall

    Why, what have you heard?

  • Snookafly

    Enormous hands? Where are you going with this? 🙂

  • marcusgresham

    I guess just that bigger hands would more likely be stronger, which would lead to less turnovers….theoretically. If you have more hand on the ball that makes it more difficult for the other dude to smack it away.
    Maybe I’ve just watched too much NFL combine coverage.

  • marcusgresham

    It hasn’t happened for a while, but historically IU does well in the Chicago area.

  • Snookafly

    Only kidding you.

  • CreamandCrimson

    I’ve only seen Guy play twice but he doesn’t remind me of Will Sheehey…at all. Other than both of them being white, I don’t think their game’s are even remotely similar. Kyle Guy is fairly athletic but he’s nowhere near Sheehey’s athleticism. He’s also not near as big or long as Will. I think Kyle Guy has a better shot than Will had when he was in high school.

    It’s just my opinion and their mindset might be similar (although saying you won’t be outworked and actually working your tail off like Will did for four years are two different things) but I don’t think these two guys have much in common.

  • There’s a for sale sign in his front yard. this has been confirmed.

  • CreamandCrimson

    I saw that (I think it was on Chronic Hoosier’s Twitter account). Two theories…the optimist says that he is getting a raise and moving to a nicer place. The pessimist (and probably realist in this scenario) says that he has taken a job with Louisville.

    If he’s leaving, I wish him well. However, I will say that it would be a slap in the face to Tom Crean (the guy who gave him a big break and was questioned by many for hiring him). He’s certainly free to take whatever job he thinks is best for him though.

    One thing is clear, Tom Crean’s back is very much against the wall heading into next season and the vultures are circling. It’s either right the ship with a good season or abandon ship as IU looks in a different direction.


    Hey, after last year I’m all for ANYTHING that even remotely has a chance to decrease turn overs !