The University of Virginia men’s basketball program loses star guard Malcolm Brogdon, forward Evan Nolte, and posts Anthony Gill and Mike Tobey following the 2015/2016 season. Despite the losses of players who have played a major role in the success the program has enjoyed the past two seasons, Cavalier class of 2016 recruit Kyle Guy has no plans for a drop off in 2016/2017. In fact, the talented prospect’s expectations are sky high.
“2016 is going to be special. It doesn’t matter if other people think it’s realistic but we are going in with the mindset of winning four national championships and we are all firm believers of that,” wrote Guy, a senior combo guard out of Lawrence Central High School in Indianapolis (IN), in a Twitter direct message.
Joining Guy in Virginia’s class of 2016 are consensus 4-star recruits DeAndre Hunter (small forward) and Ty Jerome (point guard), and 6’11” forward Jay Huff, who is rated a 4-star recruit by 247Sports and Scout. Memphis transfer center Austin Nichols is red-shirting this year due to NCAA rules, but the former consensus 5-star recruit will have two years of eligibility remaining beginning in 2016/2017. Highly regarded Mamadi Diakite has enrolled at UVa and is on the team this year, but the 6’10” forward will also red-shirt this coming season and will have four years of eligibility beginning in 2016/2017.
Along with the three other members of UVa’s class of 2016 (Hunter of course committed last Saturday), Guy was in Charlottesville on an official visit last weekend. Asked what the highlight of the weekend was for him, Guy wrote: “Being able to spend time with the team and my future teammates in the gym and on Grounds as if I were there already was great!”
The Indianapolis native added that last weekend “was just about bringing the ‘family’ closer together. We went to [Coach Bennett’s] house and spent time with his family and my family and the team. We talked about being excited for 2016 but I like the coaching staff because we can connect without talking about ball. I had never met DeAndre or Jay but by the end of the weekend I knew we’d be friends and get along well. We’re even more excited for 2016.”
The recruits and players played some pickup basketball...
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