Connor Guthrie has had a lot of qualifiers to accompany his name while at Mayfield High School. These included all-state football player, state basketball record holder, Purchase Player of the Year, and, in general, BMOC.
Wednesday, the senior added Bethel University basketball signee to his resume.
The 6-foot-3 shooting guard was also recruited by other schools in football, baseball and basketball, but the connection he established with Bethel (a great-uncle, Howard, played basketball at Bethel and the Wildcats’ head coach, Jeff Britt, hails from Sedalia) couldn’t be broken.
“I hope Coach Britt has faith in me and I want to thank him for giving me the opportunity,” Guthrie said. “I’m blessed to get offers in all three sports. I never dreamed I’d go to college to play basketball.”
Mayfield coach Chris Guhy, who is retiring after 31 years coaching with the Cardinals’ program, called Guthrie “one of the best that’s ever played here.”
Guthrie averaged 15.7 points per game in his senior year to lead the team in scoring en route to a Third District season and tournament championship, as well as a coveted First Regional championship.
That win green-lit the Cardinals to the Kentucky Boys’ Basketball Sweet 16 Tournament, where they fell in the opening round, 73-55, to Warren Central. Mayfield finished the 2018-19 season at 25-8.
“This team will be put down as one of the best teams to go through Mayfield,” Guthrie said.
And part of that, Guthrie was selected as the Region One Player of the Year and a candidate for Kentucky’s Mr. Basketball as a senior. He also moved to third on Mayfield’s all-time scoring roster with 1,729 career points and made 310 career 3-point shots, which ranks him 11th in the KHSAA state record books.
Britt said he began recruiting Guthrie and his twin brother, Carson, when they were sophomores. While Connor Guthrie’s shooting is second nature to him, Britt added that the Wildcats, which went 25-9 and two games into the NAIA national tournament, also value hard work, ball handling and defense.
“Just keep doing what you’re doing and hone your skills to get better,” he added of Connor Guthrie preparing to move into the college ranks.