CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. (WCAV) — Kyle Guy is the latest University of Virginia men's basketball player to forgo the rest of his college career and enter the NBA Draft.
Guy made his declaration on Twitter on Tuesday afternoon. As part of his statement, Guy said he plans to leave open the option of a potential return to UVA for his senior season.
"I set a goal with my brothers when we committed to UVA. Three years later we accomplished that goal of winning a National Championship," Guy's statement said. "I also set a goal for myself to play in the NBA. Today, I will be declaring for the 2019 draft and signing an agent. I am diving in to this with two feet to achieve my dream but I will leave the option of coming back to school open."
Guy was named Most Outstanding Player of the Final Four after scoring 24 points in the Cavaliers' overtime win against Texas Tech in last Monday's NCAA title game. Guy will also go down in UVA lore for his three free throws with a fraction of a second on the clock that were the difference in Virginia's 63-62 win against Auburn in the Final Four.
For the season, Guy averaged a team-high 15.4 points and shot 42.6 percent from beyond the 3-point line. He was a first-team All-ACC selection, and a third-team All-American.
Guy joins redshirt sophomore guard De'Andre Hunter and junior guard Ty Jerome, who both declared on Monday, as Cavaliers to enter this year's NBA Draft. The deadline for underclassmen to withdraw from the draft and return to school is May 29.
Hunter, who is considered to be a potential lottery pick, scored 27 points in the National Championship game to lead the Cavaliers to their first-ever national title. The Philadelphia, PA native averaged 15.2 points per game and 5.1 rebounds per contest during the 2018-2019 season.
Jerome, a 6'5" guard from New Rochelle, NY, averaged 13.6 points per game, 4.2 rebounds per game, and a team-high 5.4 assists per game during the 2018-2019 season.