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August 20, 2012

BREAKING: Cezar Guerrero leaving OSU men's basketball team for personal reasons

Mother's health cause of point guard's departure.

STILLWATER, Okla. — Cezar Guerrero, a sophomore on the Oklahoma State men's basketball team, will not be a part of this year's team due to personal reasons, it was announced Monday by coach Travis Ford. Concerns over his mother's health and a desire to be closer to her during this time led to the request.

"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 basketball career."

"I really need to be near my mother during this difficult time for her," Guerrero said. "It's a difficult decision for me, but being with my mom and my family is the most important thing right now. It's unfortunate, because I have really enjoyed my year at OSU and being a part of the Cowboy basketball family.

"Coach Ford has been like a father-figure to me, and I appreciate everything he's done for me, as a player and a person. It's disappointing for me to leave, because I think this team could be something special this season. It will be an exciting team to watch."

Guerrero leaves OSU in excellent academic standing according to Dr. Marilyn Middlebrook, associate athletic director for academic affairs at Oklahoma State.

Guerrero averaged 5.6 points, 1.6 rebounds and 1.6 assists in 32 games last season as a freshman, including six starts. He scored a career-high 29 points against UTSA in the second round of the NIT Season Tip-Off.

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