Guerrero Calls Off Iowa Trip

Even though he called off this weekend's Iowa visit, LA PG Cezar Guerrero's brother says there's a lot to like about the Hawkeyes.

Joe Guerrero could tell something was wrong with his younger brother. Cezar Guerrero should have been happy about signing a national letter of intent with Western Kentucky.

He wasn't.

"I explained to him that this was a very serious decision to make here," Joe said. "I kind of felt that he wasn't ready. It was my advice to him to just hold off and see how things go. Immediately after that, it started going in a different direction."

The 6-foot, 170-pound Cezar was scheduled to visit Iowa this coming weekend after seeing Oklahoma State last week. The Iowa City trip was canceled/postponed after a conflict with school work at St. John Bosco High in the LA area.

"It's not going to work out due to our schedule," Joe said. "We'd like to get out there, but they're going to get into their tournaments, the Big Ten and the (CBI) maybe. We're trying to fit that in."

Cezar has let his older brother coordinate his recruitment. Joe has talked with coaches and recruiting services so his sibling can concentrate on school and basketball.

"I moved out (of the house not to long ago), so we're real close," Joe said. "I've been the guy since Day 1. I'm that guy that has been there every day and every step of the way. I've been his coach, his trainer and his advisor."

Joe encouraged his brother to wait until the late signing period.

"I could just see that he was not sure about signing (with Western Kentucky)," Joe said. "He was fine with the location. He just was unsure. Once you sign, you can't go back.

"I told him, let's take a chance. If Western Kentucky is still interested in us, they'll still be there. I told him this was going to happen. He listened to me and it worked out."

Iowa, Oklahoma and Oklahoma State have offered scholarships. Kansas has shown interest and could come forward with an offer if it loses players early to the pros.

Cezar has used three of his five official visits to Western Kentucky, Oklahoma and Oklahoma State. Iowa, Marquette, Florida State and Kansas are the schools in the mix for the final two trips.

"Distance has never been a factor since Day 1," Joe said. "He has always wanted to get out and experience something new."

Iowa Coach Fran McCaffery, who attended Cezar's game last week, and assistant Sherman Dillard are teaming up on the recruitment of young Guerrero.

"I'm very, very impressed," Joe said. "Coach Fran is an excellent coach. He's in an excellent position now in a great league. I told my brother I'm very impressed with his ability with the minimum that he has. I can only imagine what he would do with some talent because when he was at Siena he really got a lot out of those kids. I'm very, very impressed with that whole staff."

The Guerrero brothers have a list of things at which they're looking as important in the recruiting process, but a few things stand out.

"To me, it's good, quality people," Joe said. "That rubs off. That's a factor for me. It's very, very important.

"For him, it's him being welcomed by the other players; him fitting right in and feeling wanted. And playing time is a big factor."

Bryce Cartwright (Compton, CA) is showing that a West Coast guard can excel at Iowa. Cartwright's father works at St. John Bosco.

"Truthfully, I didn't know who Bryce was until this year when they started talking about him," Joe said. "It does let us know that type of point guard, Coach Fran gives them the freedom to make some decisions. Absolutely, the fact that Cartwright is there helps out."

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