To some, Starrett City's rumble through the IS8 playoffs has come as something of a surprise. A hard-nosed collection of Brooklyn kids, Starrett stunned the loaded Playaz Seniors on Sunday, advancing to the final four. One of the players who has helped to engineer that run is Ruben Guillandeaux, the 6-foot-4 1/2, 175 pound shooting guard from St. Patrick's High School in Elizabeth, New Jersey.
A native of the Crown Heights section of Brooklyn, Ruben Guillandeaux
is a smooth wing player with a strong feel for the game. He's shifty off the dribble, can create his own shot, and can be utilized as something of a zone buster from deep. Gaining strength will be a priority for college play.
The recruitment of Guillandeaux began to pick up steam at the second session of the Eastern Invitational camp in July, when a string of stellar performances generated some high major feelers. At the moment, a number of high major programs are monitoring him, with a visit to a Pac-10 program soon to come.
"I'm down to USC, Seton Hall, Boston College, Central Florida, Rhode Island, and Providence," said Guillandeaux. "I'm taking a visit to USC next Thursday. I was at Seton Hall for Midnight Madness."
Ruben currently does not have any other visits lined up. In terms of favorites, no one program pokes out above the rest.
"I don't really have a leader," said Guillandeaux. "I'm open, still."
Style of play will figure prominently into Ruben's decision. He's hoping to have things hashed out by December.
Guillandeaux travelled with the Metro Hawks on the AAU circuit this summer.