Cezar Guerrero Visiting Oklahoma State

Cezar Guerrero

Point guard has become a major recruiting focus for the Oklahoma State coaching staff, and this weekend the Cowboys will be getting an official visit from their No. 1 target – Cezar Guerrero from St. John Bosco High School in Bellflower, Calif. GoPokes.com has the inside scoop on one of the nation's top point guard prospects and who the major schools are in his recruitment.

Guerrero will fly Friday from California to Oklahoma and he will be inside Gallagher-Iba Arena for Oklahoma State's game with Texas Tech on Saturday, said his brother Joe, a former junior college basketball player in California who is very involved in his younger brother's recruitment.

"Yes, we will be going (to Oklahoma State) today. Worked it out last night," Joe texted on Friday morning.

The 6-0, 170-pound Guerrero is the highest ranked high school point guard in the nation still available. He averaged 28 points, 9 rebounds and 5 assists as a senior at St. John Bosco.

Guerrero originally committed to Western Kentucky University and was set to sign with the Hilltoppers during the early signing period in November, but decided to open his recruitment back up at the last minute. In the last several months he's received offers, according to Joe Guerrero, from Oklahoma State, Oklahoma, Kansas, Iowa, Florida State, Oregon State and Seton Hall. Big East schools Providence and West Virginia also have shown an interest in recent days, says Joe Guerrero.

"It's actually been very, very busy. There are a lot of people wanting to know what the next move is going to be and where we're going," said Joe, the 35-year-old brother of Cezar.

"We made a commitment in October, but as we got closer to the (signing date in November), he just felt like he wasn't ready to sign as of yet. It was a big commitment to sign. He gave them a call and said, ‘Coach, I'm committed to Western Kentucky but I just can't sign that letter as of yet.' After that we just got bombarded by phone calls. There's been a lot of interest since then."

Oklahoma State will be Guerrero's third official visit. He earlier visited Western Kentucky and then took a trip to Oklahoma in January.

The Cowboys have been a major factor in Guerrero's recruitment since November.

"They've been out here frequently. They've been out here since November regularly to watch games," said Joe Guerrero, who said that assistant coach Chris Ferguson has been a frequent visitor to California. "They brought in the whole coaching staff for one of our last games. Coach (Travis) Ford, Coach Ferguson and Coach (Butch) Pierre, all three of them, were out here. We've been dealing mostly with Coach Ferguson, and we've talked to Coach Ford on our weekly phone call that's allowed."

It appears that his top four schools at this point are OSU, OU, Kansas and Iowa, and Joe Guerrero took time to break down each of the schools.

"As far as Oklahoma State, obviously the league is great, the coaching staff is great. Coach Ford can really relate because he was a small guard and my brother is only a 6-foot guard. They're both very, very feisty and have a don't give up mentality. We really like the style of play. As far as cons, I haven't been able to pinpoint who they really are this year (as a team). It's hard to say who they are. There's not an identity from them just yet.

"As far as Oklahoma, just like with Oklahoma State and Kansas, they play in a great league, and that's a factor. Oklahoma has a coach (in Jeff Capel) that he can relate to because he played the (point guard) position. That's a positive. The negative is the obvious, we don't know what's going to happen with the (NCAA) sanctions. They're under investigation but we're not overly concerned about that. I think things are going to work out fine, whether we go there or don't.

"Kansas, the same thing as far as league exposure. They've got an excellent coach (in Bill Self). There's not much I can say about Kansas, everyone knows about that program. As far as its cons, there's a lot of traffic there with guards. I think at Kansas it's you've got to wait your turn type of thing (for guards). You've got to wait your turn and if you're not keeping up the guy behind you coming up is going to be as good as you. I think that's the negative as far as going in there as a point guard.

"Iowa is on the rise. Their coach there has done wonders with that program. They compete, they don't take plays off, and he's an excellent coach. They're also in a very, very good league. As far as the cons, I'm trying to figure out where they are as far as bigs. They're a big-man team and where are their bigs at? How many are leaving? Which big men do they have coming in? They need to have bigs coming in to be successful. But there is room for a point guard, so that's good."

Cezar Guerrero plans to sign April, and his older brother thinks it's going to be a win-win for everyone involved.

"We're in a great position because if we go one way or the other we're still going to end up in a great situation."

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