Road Report: Guede Draws Crowd

SANFORD, N.C. – Paul Guede drew a bi-coastal crowd Monday night against Word of God. The unsigned senior has set his 3rd official visit for the first weekend in March.

Word is beginning to spread out about Sanford (N.C.) Grace Christian small forward Paul Guede. On Monday, we confirmed that the word has leaked from coast-to-coast as assistants from Washington State, UNC-Wilmington, Portland State, UNC-Greensboro and Winthrop were in the stands evaluating Guede.

The 6-foot-5 Guede, who passed on early offers from UW-Milwaukee and Nevada, has drawn interest from the aforementioned schools plus Wisconsin, DePaul, Tennessee, Chattanooga and Texas A&M. The heavy hitting mid-major programs are all over him and a few higher level schools see him as a rotation player who, because of his feel, is a worthy spring addition.

Monday night against Word of God, Guede saw one of his stiffest challenges – in terms of athletes on the floor – this season. Grace Christian dropped a tough one 73-66 as Guede fouled out midway through the 4th quarter.

"I love these types of games," Guede said. "This team was very athletic and they ran the floor very well." Guede shot 8-for-23 from the floor but was frustrated at times by a much more athletic bunch.

"It's a little frustrating when you know you're doing something well and you know the game's there and you take some stupid shots."

He finished with 24 points, 10 rebounds, 2 assists and 5 turnovers.

Next up for Guede is an official visit, which will be his third as he's been to Nevada and Milwaukee. The Texas A&M Aggies host him the weekend of March 1. The Aggies rolled into Sanford last week to check him out. After A&M, Guede isn't sure what he's going to do.

"The visits that I'm taking, that's where I feel comfortable with the coach and we've got a connection – how I get along with him over the phone, what he talks about with me and what the school is all about."

The native of England knows not only will he have a decision to make in regards to which college to attend but understands there is a difference from the mid-major to the high-major level. "Going somewhere where I really fit in and knowing that I'm going to get better (is important). I want to be given the opportunity to get better and get a good education of course.

"I'm just trying to enjoy it right now. I know the signing period is coming up real soon. I'll just have to sit down."

UNC-Wilmington recruit Charles Baker scored 17 points for Word of God and did not have one of his better shooting nights. Baker shot just 7-for-17 from the field and couldn't stick a perimeter bucket all night. He did, however, display an explosive step that he used to beat his man and dunk twice. He finished with 17 points and 7 rebounds. Seahawks assistant coach Bill Donlon was in the stands watching Baker and Guede.

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