Guerrero signed his paperwork to officially become a Cowboy this morning in a ceremony at his high school.
“This is pretty much my dream to sign with a big program in a big-time conference,” said Guerrero, who averaged nearly 28 points per game as a senior. “Just being in the Big 12 itself is a pretty big thing. Oklahoma State is a pretty big name, so it’s a great feeling.”
Guerrero becomes the second player in OSU’s Class of 2011, joining 5-star recruit LeBryan Nash of Dallas (Lincoln), who signed with the Cowboys during the early signing period in November.
“It’s extremely exciting. You have LeBryan Nash winning the McDonald’s All-American slam dunk contest and you have me winning the three-point national championship (on April 1 at the National High School Slam Dunk and 3-Point Championships in Houston). I would say that’s a good combination of two recruits,” said Guerrero, who defeated Wake Forest signee Chase Fischer, 19-15, in the championship round.
Guerrero will bring a scorer’s mentality to the point guard position for the Cowboys. He scored a career-best 48 points against California state Division I champion Mater Dei this past season.
Getting on the floor early is going to be a priority when he reports to Oklahoma State in June for summer school.
“Being the starting point guard is my goal. That’s what I’m striving for. Also, it’s a pretty big goal but being Big 12 Freshman of the Year,” said Guerrero.
“As far as team goals, winning the Big 12 championship and making the NCAA Tournament. I know that’s going to be a big task but it’s very possible with the team we have coming back with Michael Cobbins, Brian Williams, LeBryan Nash, (and) Reger Dowell. We’re going to have a lot of really young guys who can run, and next year we’re going to be a run-and-gun team. Next year is going to be pretty exciting for Oklahoma State.”
Guerrero says Ford’s commitment to get up and down the floor next season is a major reason he picked Oklahoma State over Iowa, Kansas and several other schools that showed an interest in him.
“Yes sir, that’s exactly my style. That’s one of the main reasons I chose Oklahoma State because (head coach Travis Ford) will let me be in charge of the team. I’ll be his voice on the court. When he was in college he was a scoring point guard, and I am as well. I’ve become more of a distributor as well and that’s what I’m going to bring to Oklahoma State.”
Guerrero named to The Times’ boys’ basketball All-Star team