OSU basketball: Is Cezar Guerrero repositioning himself at the point?

As the Cowboys look ahead to the 2012-13 season, Guerrero might be the team's playmaker.
by John Helsley Modified: March 5, 2012 at 1:02 pm •  Published: March 4, 2012
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As the Cowboys begin peering ahead to next season — and their fans are already doing so — one key issue will remain.

Who mans the point?

Keiton Page will be gone. And while Markel Brown has provided some positives as a part-time point guard, it's not his natural position, nor a spot that fully utilizes his skill set.

And it's not a role Oklahoma State coach Travis Ford envisions for Brown.

“I do believe at this time next year Markel will be averaging a whole lot more points,” Ford said. “Markel will take up some of the scoring for Keiton. Markel can do it.”

Just not so comfortably at the point.

Who then?

Re-enter Cezar Guerrero.

Or maybe incoming recruit Marcus Smart, whom Cowboys coaches are increasingly beginning to believe can handle the point.

Or perhaps a mystery candidate, such as Fabyon Harris, who is currently leading one of the nation's top junior college programs at the College of Southern Idaho.

The Cowboys seem to have projectable pieces for a rebound in 2012-13.

But do they have a playmaking piece?

It's an ongoing question, one that has been problematic since Byron Eaton's senior year and Ford's first season ended in 2009. Since then, the Cowboys have used no fewer than six point guards in the three seasons: Ray Penn, Fred Gulley, Reger Dowell, Page, Brown and Guerrero.

Lately, Guerrero seems to be restating his candidacy for the job, showing that he's finally understanding what Ford wants in his point guards — passing and playmaking over scoring.

“We've been happy with C.J. the past couple of weeks,” said Ford. “He's done better. He's turning in positive minutes.”

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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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