Iowa Pursuing LA PG

Iowa has offered a few point guards that will be signing in the late period. One of the top players left at that position is Los Angeles lead guard Cezar Guerrero. Hawkeye Insider caught up with the West Coast dynamo.

Cezar Guerrero's brother is handling the bulk of his recruitment. It allows the 2011 point guard to concentrate on his game. The setup is working out fabulously.

Guerrero recently posted back-to-back 40-point games, including dropping 48 on perennial stalwart Mater Dei on Jan. 5. His St. John's Bosco team fell, 86-77, in the battle of Los Angeles area private schools, but the flashy guard opened a lot of eyes.

Guerrero originally verbally committed to Western Kentucky before re-opening the process. He's considered by some analysts to be the top prep lead guard available in the late signing period.

"I think my recruiting is going pretty good at the moment," the 6-foot, 175-pound Guerrero said. "A lot of schools are coming around since I de-committed from Western Kentucky. A lot of schools have jumped on board with recruiting me."

Guerrero reports scholarship offers from Oklahoma, Oklahoma State, Iowa, New Mexico State, Cal-Irvine, Western Kentucky and Wake Forest. He has three official visits remaining after using the first two allowed by NCAA rules to trip to Western Kentucky and Oklahoma, which he saw last weekend.

"It was nice. It was really fun," Guerrero said of Norman. "It was snowing. It was the first time I ever saw snow falling. That was a great experience. I liked it there even though they got spanked. It's a really good program. It's a really good coaching staff."

Guerrero said he's looking for a school that fits his game.

"My style of play is fast," he said. "I think I'm quick. I'm a leader and passionate about the game. I compare myself to Greivis Vasquez from Maryland. I think I'm similar to him but I'm more passionate and have a better shot.

"Anywhere I go is fine. Distance isn't a factor. I would go far away if I have to as long as it's the right fit for me. I'm just going out there to compete and go where my heart is. I'm a hard worker and I just want to win."

Guerrero said he has no more visits set up as of now.

"I'm going to talk to my brother," he said. "After that, later on, I'll probably leak out the next three visits I intend to take."

Guerrero is hoping to make his decision at Bosco's Senior Night (Feb. 8).

"If not, it will probably be after basketball season," he said.

Assistant Sherman Dillard has been leading the recruitment of Guerrero for Iowa. The Hawkeye coach was in attendance for the 48-point outburst against Mater Dei.

"He's been talking to my brother, mostly," Guerrero said. "You only get two calls per week so I hardly get to talk to Coach Dillard. He came to the Mater Dei game and was really impressed. I think the head coach (Fran McCaffery) at Iowa is going to come and watch me practice."

While Guerrero is scoring a lot of points as a senior, colleges are pursuing him as a lead guard.

"Right now, I have to be a scoring guard for my team because we're not fortunate to have the talent that some of the other teams have," he said. "If I'm playing with big men and wings that can score, I become a point guard. I take over when the time is needed for me to take over."


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