By John Helsley
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Word from California Wednesday told of what an emotional time it was for Cezar Guerrero, the prep point guard who signed with Oklahoma State on the first day of the early signing period. During a ceremony at his school, St. John Bosco, Guerrero fought back tears several times while realizing his dream of playing “big-time college basketball.”
It wasn’t all about Guerrero, either, as he thanked his coaches and teammates and his mother and a lot of other folks for all their support. He told his teammates he loved them and at one point, tears were flowing throughout the room.
Guerrero’s emotional speech, as well as a story on his big day can be found at this Los Angeles news site.
I talked to Guerrero, who goes by C.J., on Tuesday and he was excited about becoming a Cowboy.
“I’m looking forward to being there, experiencing new things and playing basketball in a big conference,” he said. “I want to meet new people and start a new life, a college life.”
Guerrero said he realizes he’ll be a long way from home in Stillwater, in terms of miles and culture. But he said he’s looking forward to that, too.
“I chose OSU because of coach Travis Ford, he’s a player’s coach, a real good teacher of the game. But also the facilities, the environment and the people around there and how nice they are. They have a lot of manners, where over here in Los Angeles, it’s a lot different.
“I wanted to make the transition from the city life to being more focused. Stillwater’s a small town. It’s pretty much focused on sports.
“I wanted to go somewhere where they have great facilities, a great coach and somewhere where I can focus and achieve my dream.”
Guerrero admits to a bit of trepidation in being so far from all the people he loves. But he said embraces the opportunity.
“I’m somewhat (anxious), but it’s not really a big factor. In life, you always have to take risks to go somewhere. Here’s my risk, going to Oklahoma State, a long way from home.”