Eaton Rapids, MI isn’t a normal stop on the basketball recruiting trail for college coaches, but many of them have located it on the map in recent weeks. The reason for their MapQuest queries is 6-9 sophomore big man Alex Guana. The buzz about versatile youngster has been on the rise lately, and the two instate programs have definitely been paying attention.
“Both of them are showing interest,” Guana told GoBlueWolverine. “Michigan State has been looking at me for a while, but Michigan just started looking at me, after (the King James tournament in Akron at the end of April). Coach Beilein made it down to my school. He met with my athletic director. I couldn’t really talk to him, but my athletic director said (Beilein) said some good things about me. He thought I played good at the (King James) tournament. The next day (Michigan State assistant coach) Dwayne Stephens came up.”
GoBlueWolverine has been present at many of Guana’s games in recent weeks… both at King James in Akron, OH and at the Spiece Run N’ Slam All Star Classic in Fort Wayne, IN. Each time it was evident why Beilein is so interested. The youngster is versatile.
“I don’t think he has got a guy like me,” Guana said. “I think I’ve got a lot to offer for coaches. I would say I have an inside/out game. More like a Rasheed Wallace kind of game. I can hit the three and I can also drive. Plus I am athletic, so I can do a lot of things. I just try to improve every aspect of the game.”
The Wolverines and Spartans are definitely tracking Guana’s progress, but by no means are they the only ones.
“I have been up to Michigan State a few times and I am just now trying to get with Michigan, so it is working out good with both of them,” Guana reported. “I’m also hearing from Arizona, Penn State, Marquette, Oakland… a lot of them. I can't really remember all of them.”
Guana indicated that none of the aforementioned programs have extended scholarship offers yet, but that definitely could change by summer’s end. When they finally do start rolling in he already knows how he’ll determine the prime contenders.
“I think I want to go someplace I can play early,” he said. “I just want to work hard as every other player and play. I just try to always work hard and make myself a better player. I’ll also be looking at the program itself and I want to get a good education obviously. The way the team is and then the coaching staff is really important too.”
GoBlueWolverine will have more on Guana in the months to come.