Thursday, May 8, 2008

Gutierrez Signs with California

One of the nation's top unsigned point guards, Findlay (Nev.) Prep's Jorge Gutierrez, has signed with California. "He’s just elated, relieved and excited," Findlay coach Michael Peck said. "He’ll bring his toughness and his versatility to Cal. He’s just a winner." Peck said that new Cal coach Mike Montgomery was impressed when he watched Gutierrez play in pick-up games last week. "He saw enough to know Jorge has a good feel for the game and that he’s his type of player, like Chris Hernandez was for him at Stanford," Peck said. "Not only is he a tough kid, he has a good skill set." When I spoke with Peck in January for the Big East Basketball Report, he told me that Gutierrez was going to be a sought-after recruit in the spring. "We feel someone is going to get a real steal," Peck said. "The more people see him, the more they realize how good he is."

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