Kyle Guy: "I Know I Belong In The League"

The Virginia product may or may not get drafted Thursday, but he's confident he'll find a fit in the NBA

Tiki and Tierney
June 18, 2019 - 7:06 pm

After leading Virginia to its first national championship in program history, Kyle Guy, Ty Jerome and De’Andre Hunter all declared for the NBA Draft within days of each other.

“I think if we wouldn’t have won it all, maybe it would have been a separate decision for myself and Ty,” Guy said on Tiki & Tierney, “but there’s not much we could have accomplished. I think we broke some UVA hearts because we posted that we were leaving Monday, Tuesday, Thursday or something, so it was a rough week. But I think it’s what was best for us, and I’m really stoked that both of them will for sure hear their names called on Thursday.”

Guy worked out for 13 different teams, including the 76ers. He could be a second-round pick, or he could go undrafted.

“I don’t really care where I’m drafted or if I’m drafted at all,” he said. “Obviously I want to be, but my path might be different. I know I belong in the league. It’s just a matter of how and when.”

Guy, 21, is embracing the process – regardless of what happens Thursday night.

“I’ve had to reprove myself at every level I’ve ever gone to, and I’m having to do it again,” he said. “This is nothing new to me. I’ve been overlooked my whole life, so that kind of creates a chip on my shoulder. I honestly think Ty and Dre have similar feelings in terms of being overlooked and there’s always something that holds them back from people thinking they’re as good as they are.”

Some people think Jerome, for example, isn’t very athletic.

“Yeah, he has a dad bod; yeah, he can’t jump that high,” Guy said. “But he’ll still give you 35, 10 assists and a W, so it doesn’t matter. And then Dre, he’s become one of the better two-way players college basketball has seen. I’m really excited for Thursday.”

Guy, Jerome and Hunter were all part of the same recruiting class in 2016. Virginia coach Tony Bennett will miss all of them next season – on and off the court.

Guy was asked if Bennett is the type of coach who can actually enjoy wins, as many cannot.

“He’s enjoyed six wins his entire life, and they were all this year (in the tournament),” Guy said, laughing. “Obviously he loves to win, and that’s why he coaches. But he’s a big-picture guy. If we’re winning and we’re not becoming better men off the court, then he’s not happy. If we’re losing and not becoming better men, not happy. If we’re losing and becoming better men, then he’s probably a lot better off than in any other scenario. 

“He’s very big-picture,” Guy continued. “I think he’s one of the better coaches and most genuine men I’ve ever met. I loved every second playing for him, but he definitely enjoyed these six wins to finish my career there. He was very hyped after every game, and that was something you don’t always see from him.”