GREENVILLE – Clay Guillozet, a 2016 Greenville graduate is spending time in Greenville before returning to Valdosta, Georgia for his junior season of studies while playing for the Valdosta State Blazers Basketball team.
Guillozet often makes his way to the Greenville High School gym to work on his game with the help of GHS varsity basketball coach Kyle Joseph.
“Coach Joe (Joseph) does a really good job,” said Guillozet. “He gets us in here – Deji (Ibitayo) is in town for a little while.”
Ibitayo, a Chicago native played basketball at Akron University while GHS Coach Joseph was a Graduate Assistant (GA) with the Zips basketball team and now plays professional basketball in Europe.
“My assistant coach (Blake Justice) at Valdosta roomed with Deji in college,” noted Guillozet, “and then also Coach Joseph was the GA (Graduate Assistant) at Akron when they were both there.”
Guillozet is pleased with his decision to take his basketball game to next level at the Georgia school.
“I love it,” he said of Valdosta State University. “We have our small little family of basketball. It makes it a little easier being away from family and being away from home.”
“Definitely look forward to a big year,” continued Guillozet. “We went 26-5 last year so looking to make a run in the NCAA tournament. In the summer you better yourself and then come together as a team in August and keep working to get better and get prepare for the season – I’m definitely excited.”
The 6-4” 190 pound guard played all 31 games for the Blazers, scoring 391 points for a 12.6 average, was a close second on the team in assists with 105 for a 3.4 average and pulled down 185 rebounds from his guard position on the court for an average of six boards per contest.
Valdosta head coach Mike Helfer, an Ohio native does well recruiting north on I-75.
“He lets us come home for the whole summer,” noted Guillozet. “A lot of schools you have to go back, check in and go down for a month in the summer but he understands. We have some kids from Michigan, Ohio and Connecticut, so he lets us come home and see our families and stay with them for the summer – or we can choose to stay down there if we want to.”
Blazers basketball games can be viewed live on to the university’s website: https://www.valdostastate.org
“There is a live feed,” said Guillozet. “Go to Men’s Basketball. Go to the schedule, go to live audio and live video on the schedule.”
“School starts August 13th so I have to head back a little before then,” concluded Guillozet.
PHOTO CAPTION: Greenville alum Clay Guillozet works out at GHS gymnasium. (Gaylen Blosser photo)