2006 Guard Favors Wake

Last year, Luis Guzman ran with the Gauchos. This year, the 6-2, 170-pound Class of 2006 PG from Paramus (NJ) Catholic HS is lacing it up with the Playaz Basketball Club. With the talent around him, he's more of a supporting cast member. But in the time he has seen on the court, he's done his share of impressing.

"It's been going good - I'm playing up, I'm not playing in my age group," said Guzman. "On this team I have a role, but everything's going good."

With Jawan Carter firmly entrenched as the starting point guard for the Playaz, Guzman has seen most of his time as his backup or sometimes at the two. During his short stints on the floor for the Playaz at the Rose City Showcase in Portland, Oregon this past weekend, Guzman made things happen when he was on the floor. He capably handled the ball and penetrated well for his own offense. It's exactly what his game is all about.

"I'm a slashing point guard and I try to make my team better," said Guzman. His coach, Jimmy Salmon, has appreciated his contributions. "He's probably the best teammate, all the guys love him," said Salmon. "He plays three different spots for us and is an excellent on-the-ball defender."

With all of the big-time players on the Playaz roster, it's no surprise that coaches have come out in full force to see them play - and in the process, have noticed Guzman as well. High-major programs such as North Carolina State, Wake Forest, Virginia, Florida, Florida State, St. Joseph's, Wisconsin, St. John's, Rutgers, and Hofstra are all schools he has heard from thus far.

There's one conference that stands out to him. "The ACC is what I'm looking forward to," said Guzman. He even has a favorite team in the league - one that he admits he'd commit to if they were to offer. "Wake Forest - I like the whole atmosphere there and the team," he said.

There's one factor that Guzman wants in a school - the opportunity to contribute right away. "I want to be able to play as a freshman," he said.


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