Coaches Call On Gutierrez

Jorge Gutierrez is the latest Findlay Prep prospect to blow up and we caught up with one of his coaches to get the full update.

Other than Bud Mackey, who is facing some off the court issues, there isn't a point guard in's Top 100 still available. With that said, when Jorge Gutierrez popped up at Henderson (Nev.) Findlay Prep college coaches took notice.

The 6-foot-3, 200-pound point guard started his season off with a big performance at the National Prep Showcase and then he backed it up with a solid effort at the Marshall County Hoopfest.

Since his game in Kentucky, Findlay Prep assistant coach Todd Simon has been bombarded with phone calls inquiring about the talented guard.

"He's just basically collecting schools at this point," he said. "Since Kentucky he's probably had a dozen schools call and not all of the schools that have called were in Kentucky, they are just catching wind of it."

Some of the schools involved are South Carolina, St. Louis, Colorado State, Fresno State, UNLV, Hawaii, East Carolina, Butler, Witchita State, Pepperdine, Northern Colorado, Murray State, SMU and Providence. At this point no one has offered him a scholarship.

"A lot of them are waiting on him because there's been some confusion with his transcript from Mexico from his freshman year," Simon said. "It hasn't gotten to the clearinghouse yet and it's slowly arriving there."

"I would imagine his play alone will probably overtake the question mark real soon," he continued. "He's going to be make somebody pretty happy when he gets to college."

At this point Gutierrez is wide open and his coaches are expecting next month to be an important one.

"I would think January will be big for him," Simon said. "I think that's when all of this will come to a head and then he'll get some real big time interest."

Through ten games this season, Gutierrez is averaging 12.3 points and 5.5 rebounds a game. Findlay Prep's next game is against Centennial High School, and then they'll travel to Lexington (KY) to take on Ohio Western Reserve Academy in early January.

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