There is a good possibility Cezar Guerrero is one of the best point guards on the West Coast but no one got to see him play this season because he transferred to Bellflower (Calif.) St. John Bosco and had to sit out his junior year.
It was an incredibly difficult time for Guerrero, a 5-foot-11, 165-pound prospect, but it also motivated him for this spring and summer AAU circuit, to show coaches just how talented he is. Guerrero will play with Dinos Trigonis' Belmont Shore club and will travel the country to show off his game.
"It's very important because we didn't play this past year so there are still questions," said his brother, Joe Guerrero. "Coaches want an opportunity to see him to make a final decision or analyze.
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"It was very, very difficult but he did stay in shape and train. We stayed on top of that. He is playing in the spring leagues and didn't miss a beat. He scored 37 points and had seven assists in a game. He did the same thing this weekend. He was scoring pretty high and had a lot of assists. He didn't miss a beat as far as that goes."
Guerrero, who transferred in from City of Industry (Calif.) Workman, was able to practice with St. John Bosco but just not play, a further dagger since a prospect's junior season is so important to recruiting.
Joe Guerrero said Trigonis deals more with the college coaches so it's difficult to gauge interest level at this point.
His sense is that they want to see Guerrero on the circuit - he will be in Las Vegas, Arkansas and Los Angeles among other places - to figure out where he stands heading into his senior season.
Arizona, Notre Dame, Pepperdine, Santa Clara, UCLA and Southern Cal are listed as schools of interest on his database page.
"Junior year is very, very important," Joe Guerrero said. "Some guys are making last-minute decisions nowadays so they're kind of waiting longer.
"We're going to wait until the summer or until November to make a decision. We weren't going to make a decision soon. The spring and summer is going to be very, very important for us so we are focused on that."
Rivals.com rates Guerrero as the No. 28 point guard and No. 120 prospect in the 2011 class. He was one of the top performers at the Real Deal on the Hill in April 2008 and also impressed later that summer at the Nike Hoop Jamboree.
He'll get his chances in the next few months to once again establish himself as one of the best point guards in the country.