Guillozet named Gulf South Conference Player of the Year

VALDOSTA, Ga. – Clay Guillozet’s three year basketball career at Georgia’s Valdosta State University includes a long list of accomplishments including, Gulf South Conference Commissioners Trophy, GSC Player of the Year, GSC four-time player of the week his senior season, scored more than 1,000 points and pulled down more over 500 rebounds from his guard position on the court.

“As a school district and athletic department we are extremely proud that we can say forever that Clay was a Green Wave,” said GHS Athletic Director Aaron Shaffer and Guillozet’s high school football coach. “It represents us well and he is going to continue to do that.”

“Clay is such a coachable kid,” said Michael Bashore, Guillozet’s Greenville High School basketball coach. “There was never any doubt his college coaches were going to be able to get even more out of him. I am so proud of Clay.”

Valdosta Career Statistics: Played in 92 games with 84 starts … Scored 1,276 points for 15th all-time in school history … Went 483 of 925 from the field (.522) with 99 treys and 211 free throws made … Averaged 7.0 rebounds with 643 total rebounds, along with 288 assists, 34 blocks and 110 steals.

In 2019-20 as a Senior: Played and started in all 30 games as one of three players to do so for the four-time GSC regular season champion Blazers. Named GSC Player of the Year. Earned GSC First Team All-Conference honors. Named D2CCA First Team All-Region. Was named to the Bevo Francis Top 50 Watch List. Averaged a team-high 34.7 minutes per game, while going 181 of 343 from the field for a .528 clip. Drained 41 treys in 103 attempts (.398) and was 77 of 119 from the line (.647). Led the team in rebounding at 8.2 per game and pulled down 247 rebounds for the season. Had a team-best 114 assists with ten blocks and tied for the team-lead in steals with 43. Averaged a team-high 16.0 points per game, scoring 480 points for the season. Earned GSC Player of the Week honors three times. Helped lead VSU to a school-record 19-game winning streak. Finished third in the GSC in defensive rebounds per game (5.21), while he led the GSC in offensive rebounds per game at 2.67 per contest for 75th nationally. Was third in the league in rebounding at 8.2 per game for 68th nationally … Finished fourth in the league in assists (114), while his 181 made field goals was second in the league. Also his 480 points was good for second in the league, while he was third in the league in total rebounds (247). Had 24 games in double figures with 10 games of 20 or more points. Scored a season-high 27 points twice. Recorded seven double-doubles with nine games of double-digit rebounds and a season-high 16 rebounds against West Florida (1/2/20). Buried a season-high seven treys twice, including the GSC Championship game against Alabama Huntsville. Named to GSC All-Tournament Team. Had a season-high seven assists and four steals twice.

In 2018-19 as a Junior: Played and started in all 31 games with 29 starts. Went 147 of 301 from the field (.488), while draining 40 treys in 108 attempts (.370), while going 71 of 95 from the line (.747). Averaged 6.8 rebounds per game to lead the team (211 rebs.). Had 69 assists for fourth on the team, while recording 19 blocks for second on the team and 36 steals for third on the team. Averaged 13.1 points per game for second on the team and scored 405 points for the season. Named Google Cloud Academic All-District as selected by CoSIDA and earned GSC All-Academic honors. Made a season-high ten field goals twice, while draining four treys twice and made a season-high seven free throws against Union. Had four double-doubles with a season-high 15 rebounds at West Florida. Scored in double figures 24 times with two games over 20 points, including a season-high 29 points at Mississippi College. Had five assists twice and three steals five times.

In 2017-18 as a Sophomore: Played in 31 games with 25 starts. Averaged 12.6 points per game for fourth on the team. Went 155 of 281 from the field (.552) with 18 treys (61 att.) and 63 made free throws in 113 attempts. Averaged 6.0 rebounds per game (185 rebs.), along with 105 assists for second on the team. Had 31 steals for third on the team and recorded five blocks, while scoring 391 points. Had 23 games in double figures with a season-high 26 against Shorter. Made a season-best 11 field goals against North Alabama (1/27/18). Scored 20 or more points three times. Drained a season-high two treys five times, while making four free throws seven times. Had two double-doubles with a season-high ten rebounds twice. Had a season-high nine assists against Montevallo (12/16/17) and a season-high five steals against Lee. Helped lead VSU to its second-straight GSC regular season title.

Prior to Valdosta State: Multi-talented transfer from West Liberty University, Twice named Greater Western Ohio Conference Player of the Year, Led the program in points, assists, and three pointers made, Named District 9 Player of the Year, Led Greenville High School to a GWOC Championship, member of the National Honors Society and National Technical Honors Society and standout starting quarterback in high school.

“Clay and I got along so well because we both had an incredible desire to win,” said Bashore. “Clay was very good and having the extra drive to go along with all of his talent. Off the court Clay was a great student and hard worker at everything he did. He was just an easy kid to root for. He could have easily been a college football star as well.”

“There is no doubt in my mind Clay is going to have an opportunity to go on to play some professional basketball overseas,” said Coach Shaffer. “They’re going to pick up the media guide and its going to say; High School – Greenville, Ohio. Representing us on a national scale at the colegient level and potentially at the world level it is just awesome to think, Clay Guillozet, professional basketball player from little ol’ Greenville, Ohio – that’s amazing.”

 

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