Luis Guzman Pulls Trigger

Luis Guzman didn't get the national exposure that some other guys received because he went overseas in July, but the 6-foot-2 Paramus Catholic (N.J.) senior guard received his share of looks, anyway, and made a decision on Wednesday.

Luis Guzman has no regrets about playing in international competition overseas this past July instead of remaining in the United States. Especially now.

The 6-foot-2, 180-pound Paramus Catholic (N.J.) senior combo guard committed to Temple on Wednesday afternoon at a news conference at his school.

Guzman, who averaged 16 points and 5.5 assists per game as a junior last season, also considered UTEP, Marquette and Dayton.

``The tradition they had with guards was important to me," Guzman said. "Even though they haven't all made the NBA, a lot of them are making money overseas."

Rick Brunson has made a career out of the NBA. Mardy Collins is a senior who should get an opportunity to play it the NBA as well. Pepe Sanchez spent some time in the league.

But the Owls' track record with players at his position wasn't the lone selling point.

``Coach (John) Chaney is a heck of a coach," Guzman added. "He's a Hall of Famer and he's going to get the best out of me."

With Collins leaving, Guzman, who played for the Playaz Basketball Club in the spring and summer, should get an opportunity to step right in and make an impact.

``I'm going to come in and get a chance to contribute a lot," Guzman said. "They also play one of the toughest, if not the most difficult, schedule in the country."

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