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Kyle Guy announces he will wear jersey No. 5 at Virginia

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Guy took to Twitter on Thursday night to reveal his choice of number when he arrives on Grounds next August. He joins a strong group of Hoos to wear No. 5.

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2016 Virginia Basketball commit Kyle Guy announced on Thursday night that he will wear the No. 5 jersey when he gets to Grounds roughly a year from now.

He also gave a bit of explanation as to why he picked 5.

While maybe not on the level of Ralph Sampson's No. 50 or Sean Singletary's No. 44, hardcore Virginia fans may remember a few players - both recently and going back a couple decades - to wear that number.

  • Junior Burrough (1991-92) was a key member of the 1994-95 team that went to the Elite Eight, and wore No. 5 for his first year at Virginia before switching to No. 4 for his final three.

  • Cornel Parker (1992-94) took Burrough's place in that jersey for a couple of years before moving on to play professionally in Japan.

  • Curtis Staples (1994-98) was almost certainly the most famous Wahoo to wear No. 5. He set an NCAA record for 413 made three-pointers in a career, a mark that stood until fellow Virginia native J.J. Redick broke that record in 2006 at Duke. Staples averaged 14.4 points throughout his career. His jersey was retired at halftime of the first game at JPJ in 2006, but his number is obviously still in rotation.

  • Derrick Byars (2002-04) started 34 games at the tail end of the Pete Gillen era and was a fixture on the 2003-04 team that started 8-0.

  • Assane Sene (2008-12) bridged the gap between Dave Leitao's departure and Tony Bennett's arrival, starting 79 of 95 games played in four years and averaged 4.5 rebounds per game in his career.

He also weighed in on Guy's decision Thursday.


  • Darion Atkins (2014-15) wore the number last year. His technical foul on Senior Day for dunking a little too aggressively incensed Bennett, and he added one more right after that for good measure. He also didn't mince words after the team's upset loss to Michigan State in the second round of the NCAA tournament this year, for which he later apologized. Atkins, not selected in June's NBA Draft, was recently rumored to be talking to the New York Knicks.

What do you think, Hoos? When all is said and done, how do you think Guy will be remembered amongst the other Virginia players to wear the orange and blue No. 5?