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UVa's Kyle Guy Excelling while Fighting Through Adversity

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UVa junior guard Kyle Guy is one of the hottest shooters in the country right now.    He's made 12 of his last 15 three-pointers, including 11-straight spanning over Virginia's last two games against Marshall and Florida State.

"Like I always say, it is just my teammates having confidence in me," says Guy.  "When you hit a couple in a row, coach Bennett starts to run a couple plays for you and that really helps out."

On Monday, Guy was named the ACC Player of the Week.

Guy came into this season with a chip on his shoulder with the way last season ended.   He's leading the 'Hoos averaging almost 16 points per game.

"I think it's more than just making shots," says UVa coach Tony Bennett.  "Kyle's been playing good basketball for us and scoring in different ways.  He's been passing well, he's been off the dribble been getting to the paint and defending better.  I just like he's complete game.   I know everybody notices, and how can you not it's beautiful, that ball come off his fingers and rotation and the stuff that's happening.   He's playing the right way, he's letting it come."

Between the Marshall and Florida State games and in depth article about Guy came out.   The junior guard from Indiana opened up about the pressure he feels and the scrutiny he faces as a high-profile athlete at a big time program like Virginia, intensified in this age of social media.

Guy says last year he began seeing a sports psychologist and began taking anti-anxiety medication.

"I was really pleased with how Anna Katherine (Clemmons) did that story on me," says Guy.  "I don't like promoting an entire story about myself but I think its something that can touch a lot of people and that's what I'm all about."

"The reality of what people see and perceive from these student athletes and what the presume about them doesn't match with what they have going on and all they have to deal with," says Bennett.   "I'm thankful Kyle feels like he's in a better place.   When you go through hard things in life it matures you in ways that I don't know anything else can.  I think that's the point of Kyle dealing with adversity in that regard."

The 'Hoos play at Boston College on Wednesday.    Virginia has started 1-0 in the ACC for the 11th straight year.

"I think it's really the coaching staff.  They do a great job of scheduling non-conference teams that can prepare us for the ACC gauntlet," says Guy.  "Just how we practice is a testament to how we start off every year."