Gutierrez Picks Up Award; Remains Open

Jorge Gutierrez is one of the best available guards in the country. He's grabbing coaches attention with his play, but he's still wide open.

The Most Outstanding Player at the National Prep School Invitation has a history of doing well. Dorell Wright and Paul Harris both won it, as did the leading candidate for college player of the year Michael Beasley.

This year the honor goes to Jorge Gutierrez, of Henderson (Nev.) Findlay Prep. The 6-foot-3, 205-pound guard averaged just under 18 points during the event and shot 15-fot-18 from the field in a pair of games.

"When the spotlight is on he really steps up and plays," Findlay Prep assistant coach Todd Simon said.

But this isn't new, as Gutierrez has put up impressive numbers all year. For the season he averages 12.5 points, 5.4 rebounds and 2.7 assists, while shooting 58.6-percent from the field.

Gutierrez Has Interest Across The Country
"He's just so active and he goes on runs by himself," Simon said. "He's just very disruptive [defensively] and takes opposing guys out of their game."

"We use him all over the court," he continued. "If he gets a rebound we let him take it, whether he's playing the one, two, three or four."

With only a few quality guards left in the senior class, it's no surprise to see a long list of schools after Gutierrez, who Simon expects to get cleared by the clearinghouse in the near future.

Among the schools that have shown interest are UTEP, Purdue, Minnesota, West Virginia, Murray State, Pepperdine, Northeastern, Miami (OH), SMU, Colorado State, Fresno State, Hawaii, Providence, South Carolina, St. Louis and UNLV.

"Jorge indicated to me this morning that he's still wide open," Simon said. "He's interested to see what new is going to come down the pipe after the way he's played since he returned from his concussion."

This weekend Gutierrez will get the chance to prove himself again. This time against American Christian, which is home to Tyreke Evans. The two face off in the Neutral Zone Hoops Classic in Louisville (Ky.)

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