The University of Virginia’s Big Three have now all declared for the NBA draft, just more than a week after winning the school’s first NCAA men’s basketball national championship.
Kyle Guy on Tuesday joined teammates Ty Jerome and De’Andre Hunter, who both declared Monday, announcing on Twitter that he would test the NBA draft waters while leaving the door open that he could return to Charlottesville next 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. 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,” Guy posted. “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.”
The deadline for college players to declare for the NBA is Sunday. Per NCAA rules, players who declare early for the NBA draft and sign with an “NCAA-certified” agent have until May 29 to withdraw their name and retain their college eligibility. If they return to school, they must end their relationship with the agent.
According to UVA, the Cavaliers’ coaching staff will be involved during the process.
“Kyle is taking advantage of the new NCAA rules to make the best decision for himself and his family,” coach Tony Bennett said in a press release. “He has had a terrific collegiate career and has been a pleasure to coach. We will work closely with Kyle throughout the process and support whatever decision he makes.”
Guy’s game-winning three free throws at the end of the national semifinal against Auburn cemented his legacy with the Cavaliers.