Bloomington – College coaches are taking notice of Ge-Lawn Guyn – and he's noticing them as well.
The 6-3, 170-pound junior at Georgetown (Ky.) Scott County H.S. can make a case for being the top player in the state of Kentucky in the 2010 class. He's averaging 17 points, five rebounds, four assists and four steals on a team that also features Kentucky-bound junior Dakotah Euton as well as another coveted junior guard in Chad Jackson.
With college coaches now able to travel to see players in action, Guyn has seen coaches from a slew of schools in the stands, including Xavier, Louisville, South Carolina, Dayton and Indiana. He doesn't always know they're coming beforehand and he tries to keep his attention on the court, but he knows he has other means to find out who was in attendance.
"With my family, someone will tell me who was there," joked Guyn.
There's little doubt that the coaches have liked what they've seen. Guyn is an athletic guard who splits his time between the point guard and shooting guard positions. He could probably play either spot in college, although he admits he enjoys running a team from the point guard spot.
"The ball is in your hands and you have to make the right decision, and I think I can do that about every time," Guyn said. "I like to run the show."
So where will Guyn end up helping run the show at the collegiate level? It's still early, but he's identified Louisville, Western Kentucky, Xavier, Indiana, Illinois, Dayton and South Carolina as his top group of schools early on in the recruiting process. Western Kentucky was the first school to offer about a month ago, and after making a recent unofficial visit to Louisville he's heard that Rick Pitino's program is likely close to doing the same.
"I'm kind of anxious (for the offers to start coming) but I know it's going to come," Guyn said. "I'm trying to stay humble, worry about what I do on the court. If I do that and keep God first then everything will come and fall into place."
Indiana, meanwhile, has been a program that Guyn has had interest in for some time. The interest in the Hoosier program started when Guyn's former Scott County H.S. teammate, Bud Mackey, was slated to be a Hoosier. That obviously never came to fruition and the IU program has a completely different look from what it did when Mackey originally committed, but Guyn is still very interested in the Hoosiers.
"They've been showing a lot of interest in me," Guyn said. I like Indiana a lot, I've been liking them since last year when Bud Mackey was supposed to go there. Indiana still has a good program, and I know with Coach Crean, they're going to pick it back up so Indiana would be a great school for me to attend."
IU assistant coach Roshown McLeod has been leading IU's efforts with Guyn, and he's let the talented junior know that he could be a big part of helping rebuild the Hoosier program.
"Coach McLeod tells me that they need an athletic guard and that they think I can fit that spot," Guyn said. "Coach McLeod said he wants to get Coach Crean down to see me play and then we'll go from there."
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