Leading up the season we are doing a countdown of the Top 100 players in college basketball. These rankings are based on a poll made up of 14 CPP writers. These writers span from UCLA to Seton Hall so there is very little bias. Each day we will release the latest player on our ranking with a small write-up. Be sure to check out the rest of the Top 100 articles!
2016-2017 Stats: 16 points, 3.5 rebounds, 3 assists
Why They Are Here
Kyle Guy is not your typical Virginia player. He was highly touted as a scorer coming out of high school. Tony Bennett has built his program with his patented unbreakable defense. Guy is an deadly scorer that can fill it up from all three levels. Guy played second fiddle to senior London Perrantes but was still able to show his scoring prowess. Guy was one of the best three point shooters in the country last season shooting 49.5% while shooting almost 7 deep balls a game. It is fair to expect Guy to develop and become more efficient while improving his defense to prove his worth in Tony Bennett’s eyes.
Role on This Year’s Team
Virginia struggled to score last season and that was with point guard London Perrantes. London has graduated leaving Guy as the only pure scorer on the roster. Guy will need to step up and put up big numbers for the Cavaliers to average 60 points a game. Last season, Guy struggled to adapt to Tony Bennett’s system which costed him some playing time. Hopefully he can get some of those quirks worked out this offseason to maximize his playing time and scoring potential because the Cavaliers are going to need him big time.
College Season/NBA Prospects
Kyle Guy was a 5-star recruit which can create egos and inflated views of a player’s future. Guy has great potential to be an NBA player but he will need to be more efficient inside the arc and on the defensive end. James Blackmon Jr. is a great comparison for Guy. Both highly recruited pure scorers out of high school. Blackmon struggled to create separation when driving and struggled to defend at Indiana. James is now trying to make a roster as an undrafted free agent. If Kyle Guy can fix the holes in his game he could play into a first round pick but currently he is a spot up shooter at the next level.
Be sure to check out tomorrow’s Top 100 player.