March 8, 2011

Guerrero loves Iowa visit

There was a time last week then Cezar Guerrero didn't think he was going to make his official visit to Iowa. A midterm project in his film class was scheduled for Saturday morning, but the 2011 point guard from Bellflower, CA did a little begging with his teacher and the class schedule was re-arranged. After returning home, he's very happy that he made the trip to Iowa.

"I loved it. I loved every part of it," he said Monday night. "I am really happy I did this. My teacher knows what I am going trying to pick a college and she asked me if I really wanted to make this trip. I didn't want the people at Iowa to think that I backed out on the visit and I wasn't really that interested. I really wanted to see what Iowa was all about and she was nice enough to move things around so it could happen. I am so thankful that I went on this trip."

Guerrero arrived in Iowa City on Friday and then on Saturday before Iowa played Purdue, he made his way to the Carver-Hawkeye Arena court and was greeted by a group of fans in the student section holding up signs that read "Hail Cezar" and "We Want Cezar".

"I kind of felt embarrassed because I didn't expect something like that and that sort of attention, but it put a smile on my face. It was pretty amazing to me that they even knew who Cezar Guerrero was."

Then the four star point guard who ranks as the #61 prospect in the Class of 2011 took his seat on the baseline and watch the Hawkeyes upset then #6 Purdue.

"I loved that the fans got into the game and how they supported the team," Guerrero said. "It was a great game and I was really happy that the Hawkeyes won and then the fans stormed the court. I've never seen something like that in person."

Guerrero says that on all of his visits he has tried to get to know the players and the coaches as well as possible and build a bond with them. His thought process is that if he ends up at that school, he will have already built a relationship with them.

After the game, he even joined in on the post game locker room celebration with the Iowa players and coaches.

"I felt so good for the guys on the team. They were so excited and Coach McCaffery came in and gave me a hug. They were all jumping around and I was jumping around with them."

When he returned home on Sunday evening and all day on Monday, his friends were asking about the visit and assumed that Guerrero would have been bored on the visit to Iowa. He had his own impression that flies in the face of conventional wisdom about the state of Iowa.

"You know the typical person out here says that Iowa is just cornfields and farms, but that is so wrong. I told everybody when I got back that asked me if it was boring and I told them it was the exact opposite of boring. It was a lot of fun," he said.

Guerrero said Monday evening that while he has one more official visit at his disposal, he didn't think that he would be using it.

"Right now I don't think I am going to take another visit," he said. "My brother and I are going to sit down this week and talk about everything and decide about visits and talk about when I might make a decision."

If Guerrero is done taking visits, he would like choose between Iowa, Oklahoma, and Oklahoma State. He has made official visits to all three schools and right now he doesn't have a leader.

"I've been really impressed with each school and honestly I am kind of in shock that I am going through all of this. Making a decision between these schools is going to be really hard."

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