2016 IndyStar Mr. Basketball Kyle Guy (1) laughed with Brachen Hazen (6) during a timeout of their All-Stars game that year.

INDIANAPOLIS – Kyle Guy asks for something, and you don’t want to let him down. Seriously, if you knew him, you wouldn’t want that. He’s just so damn nice, so earnest, sweet like a little kid. Yes, I’m aware, Guy is no child. He’s 24, the 2016 IndyStar Mr. Basketball winner at Lawrence Central, a 2019 NCAA champion at Virginia, now three years into his NBA career. He can handle himself.

But he’s not going to love this story. Not the size of it, or the scope.

You need the background.

Cleveland Cavaliers' Kyle Guy

Get a job like this, like mine, and I don’t care who you are – you get to meet some neat people. Kyle Guy is one of those. Such a normal young man, such an abnormal talent. Met him and his family in December 2016, his freshman season at Virginia, when the Cavaliers visited Louisville, and wrote about that fuzzy thing on his head. A man-bun, or something. His hair made him a target on the road, and he didn’t care.

Virginia guard Kyle Guy (5) advances the ball during the second half of an NCAA college basketball game against Iowa at the Emerald Coast Classic in Niceville, Fla., Friday, Nov. 25, 2016. Virginia won 74-41. (AP Photo/Gary McCullough)

Kyle Guy is a 6-1, 167-pound terminator on the court. You remember the 2019 NCAA Tournament? He helped oust Purdue in the Elite Eight with 25 points and 10 rebounds, then scored six points in the final seven seconds – including three free throws at the end – to beat Auburn in the Final Four, then scored 24 in the title game against Texas Tech. He’s so good, he was named Most Outstanding Player of the 2019 NCAA Tournament, but so normal that he admitted to being “terrified” before those three free throws against Auburn, down two with 0.6 seconds left.

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