Terry Adds OK State Transfer Guerrero
By Stephen Trembley & Stephanie Juncker
Guerrero, a native of Huntington Park, Calif., is a Division I transfer from Oklahoma State, where he played as a freshman in 32 games with six starts for the Big 12's Cowboys and averaged 5.6 points, 1.6 rebounds and 1.6 assists. He left OK State after his only season to be closer to his home in Southern California and help lead the Bulldogs in the Mountain West.
"We are extremely excited about the addition of Cezar Guerrero to our university and basketball program," Terry said. "Cezar has always played the game with a great amount of confidence, and shown the skill level to create scoring opportunities for not only himself, but his teammates on the floor as well."
Guerrero, a four-star prospect out of St. John Bosco High School and rated nationally as the No. 14 best point guard and the No. 61 best overall prospect, burst onto the scene in Stillwater during the Cowboys' 90-85 overtime victory over the University of Texas at San Antonio in the 2011 Season NIT Tip-Off.
He tied a single-game school record for a freshman with 29 points, shooting 8-of-17 from three point range, the second most makes in school history. OSU overcame an 11-point deficit in the final 2:30 of the regulation, including Guerrero's six points in four seconds to force overtime. Guerrero added back-to-back threes to erase a four-point deficit in the extra time frame and led the Cowboys to the five-point overtime win.
In his freshman season at OSU, Guerrero totaled 180 points with 22 3-pointers, 50 assists, 24 steals, and a 78 percent clip at the free throw line.
This August, Guerrero averaged 8.8 points during Oklahoma State's four-game exhibition tour in Spain. OSU went undefeated (4-0) in Spain with Guerrero's best game versus Barcelona Select, where he recorded 17 minutes off the bench with 10 points, seven assists and five rebounds.
"His experience and proven ability to play at the highest level in the Big 12 will be a huge plus as our program makes the jump into the Mountain West, which is one of the elite basketball conferences in the nation," Terry said.
As a senior at St. John Bosco, Guerrero averaged 28 points, five rebounds, and four assists per game and improved to 34 points and five assists per game during league play.
In the inaugural National High School Slam Dunk & 3-Point Championships in Houston, Texas in 2011, Guerrero won the 3-point competition when he defeated Wake Forest bound Chase Fischer over Final Four weekend.
Guerrero garnered many accolades during his time at St. John Bosco, including being one of seven divisional players (Division IV) named a John R. Wooden Award High School Player of the Year of the California Interscholastic Federation Southern Section. He was also tabbed as the co-Most Valuable Player of the Trinity League in Southern California and a member of the Los Angeles Times' 10-member All-Star team.
In three high school games, Guerrero put up astounding numbers with 40 points or more. He scored 48 points against Mater Dei, California's Division I champion, and had two games against Orange Lutheran, Division IV's top-ranked team, in which he scored 40 and 41 points.
Fresno State is currently in the middle of individual and strength and conditioning workouts leading up until mid-September, when limited team activities are expanded. Official practice will begin in mid-October. The Bulldogs will play a single exhibition game on Nov. 2 against Fresno Pacific.
The Bulldogs' squad that features three returning starters (Kevin Olekaibe, Tyler Johnson and Jerry Brown), three other returners (Kevin Foster, Garrett Johnson and walk-on Brad Ely) and the addition of nine newcomers (Aaron Anderson, Braeden Anderson, Cezar Guerrero, Tanner Giddings, Marvelle Harris, Allen Huddleston, Broderick Newbill, Robert Upshaw and Blake Williams).
The 'Dogs will then turn their full focus to the Nov. 9 season opener at Texas, with the first regular season home game slated for the following Friday, Nov. 16 against Pacific.
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