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Oklahoma State basketball: Point guard Cezar Guerrero leaving team

CEZAR GUERRERO — Oklahoma State says the sophomore guard is leaving the team due to mother's health and his desire to be closer to her.
by John Helsley Published: August 20, 2012

photo - OSU's Cezar Guerrero (1) leads a fast break in front of Texas A&M's Jordan Green (13) in the first half during a men's college basketball game between the Oklahoma State University Cowboys and Texas A&M University Aggies at Gallagher-Iba Arena in Stillwater, Okla., Saturday, Feb. 25, 2012. OSU won, 60-42. Photo by Nate Billings, The Oklahoman
OSU's Cezar Guerrero (1) leads a fast break in front of Texas A&M's Jordan Green (13) in the first half during a men's college basketball game between the Oklahoma State University Cowboys and Texas A&M University Aggies at Gallagher-Iba Arena in Stillwater, Okla., Saturday, Feb. 25, 2012. OSU won, 60-42. Photo by Nate Billings, The Oklahoman

In the school release, Marilyn Middlebrook, OSU's associate athletic director for academic affairs, said Guerrero leaves the school in “excellent” academic standing.

“I have spoken with Cezar and his brother, J.C., and understand the difficult time their family is going through,” Ford said. “We wish Cezar nothing but the best and pray for a speedy recovery for his mother, Martha.

“Cezar has been a valuable member of this team, and we appreciate all the contributions that he has made to the program. We will certainly help him in any way possible to locate a school near his home that will give him an opportunity to continue his education while also pursuing his playing career.”

The Cowboys have depth at the guard position, with returning starters Markel Brown, Brian Williams and Le'Bryan Nash, former starter Jéan-Paul Olukemi and newcomers Marcus Smart and Phil Forte all expected to warrant playing time. Kirby Gardner, a late signee out of San Bernardino Valley College, has not yet been cleared to play, but could see significant minutes if joins the roster.

Smart, Brown and Forte figure to command the minutes at the point.

by John Helsley
OSU Reporter Sr.
John Helsley grew up in Del City, reading all the newspapers and sports magazines he could get his hands on. And Saturday afternoons, when the Major League Game of the Week was on, he'd keep a scorecard for the game. So the sports appeal was was...
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