INDIANAPOLIS -- There's got to be a connection. Reason demands it. Common sense suggests it.
Why would California and Tennessee suddenly become all hot for Kyle Guy, the Indianapolis Lawrence Central standout now making travel ball waves for Indiana Elite 2015?
Yes, Guy is a promising all-around guard, and you can't have enough of those at the guard-dominated college level.
Still, there's got to be a reason why schools so far away are taking a hard look at Guy.
“Not really,” Guy says. “I don't have any connections there. They saw one or two of my games and talked to my head coach. They want me to call them.”
Welcome to life as a prospect on the rise, as this four-star guard in the Class of 2016 is. Basically all the Big Ten schools are interested, with Indiana and Purdue leading the way. Louisville, Xavier and UCLA (the connection comes with former IU All-America Steve Alford as its head coach) along with Butler, Indiana State, Vanderbilt and, as we now know, California and Tennessee.
Stay tuned. There could soon be more. He's going to Michigan's elite camp in June.
“Other schools are at our games and are seeing me for the first time,” Guy says. “They probably want to see me again before they recruit me.”
Purdue and Indiana have seen plenty, which is why they already have offered a scholarship. So has Indiana State. Guy says he'll probably wait until fall of his senior season to pick a school.
No reason to rush, you see.
As far as Purdue and IU, Guy says, “I like them both. I'll probably visit both this summer just to get there a few times.”
As for the recruiting process, which began heating up last summer, Guy says, “It's fun. The exhilaration of being able to talk to coaches and people you see on TV is a huge honor. Yes, it can get annoying sometimes. Anyone will tell you that, but it's been fun.
“I talk to some coaches for an hour, some for 30 minutes and some for five minutes, just to check in.”
Guy is playing up a year with Indiana Elite 2015, joining Hyron Edwards and Chandler White, among others, to be part of a perennially strong AAU program. That follows a sophomore season at Lawrence Central where he averaged about 14 points a game.
Guy was a big reason why Indiana Elite 2015 won last weekend's adidas May Classic U-17 championship.
“This is Kyle's first year with us,” coach Mark Adams says. “He's a tremendous player. He always sees the floor. He always gives that extra pass.
“Kyle has a huge upside for the next level. A lot of majors are calling him. IU has already offered him. He just has to keep getting stronger and putting on some weight.”
The 6-2 Guy let's his game do the talking because his 155-pound physique does not. No matter. At times he has guarded centers, and is fine with that. Of course, you can get away with that in high school and travel ball, and while Guy's feisty nature will work well at the next level, he's a realist.
Size and strength most definitely matter.
“I want to work on everything, especially my strength,” he says. “I've been taking all this protein. I've been in the weight room non-stop. I weigh 155 now. Hopefully by the start of the high school season, I'll be 165ish.”
Guy is a combo guard now, and it's uncertain where he will end up at the college level.
“We have gone there yet,” he says about his conversations with college coaches, "because I don't know if I'm going to grow anymore. I can play either position. Wherever you need me to play, I'll play.
“I feel a lot more confident with everything. I'm working on everything. Everything I do is a lot more crisp and easier for me to do.”
Guy will have a new head coach at Lawrence Central next season as J.R. Shelt stepped down on Tuesday to focus more on administrative duties.