Virginia guard Kyle Guy is one of the five finalists for the Jerry West Shooting Guard of the Year Award, the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame announced on Tuesday.
The other finalists are RJ Barrett (Duke), Justin Wright-Foreman (Hofstra), Carsen Edwards (Purdue) and Jarrett Culver (Texas Tech).
“To be named a finalist for the Naismith Starting 5 is an immense honor and these young men should be very proud,” John L. Doleva, President and CEO of the Basketball Hall of Fame, said in a release. “We look forward to the unique insights of Jerry West as a player, coach and executive as we evaluate our finalists as they close out the season.”
Guy is averaging a career-high 15.4 points and leads the Cavaliers in 3-pointers (94) and free throw percentage (83.1 percent). Guy, who was named a third-team All-American by the National Association of Basketball Coaches and the Associated Press last season, has scored 20 or more points in seven games this season, including a three-game 20-point streak from Feb. 11-18.
On Monday night against Syracuse, Guy scored 25 points and hit a career-high eight 3-pointers, second most in school history, to lead the Cavaliers to a 79-53 win.
The junior currently is 37th on UVa’s all-time scoring list with 1,184 points and is fourth on the school career 3-pointers list with 228.
Guy and the Cavaliers close the regular season on Saturday at home against Louisville.
The winner of the Jerry West Award will be determined by a combination of fan votes and input from the Basketball Hall of Fame’s selection committee. Fans can visit www.HoophallAwards.com to cast their votes March 8-29.
The winner will be presented at The College Basketball Awards in Los Angeles on Friday, April 12.