By BRAD KEITH
Lonn Reisman doesn't hesitate when answering questions about his basketball program. He answers each inquiry immediately and with the authority only the program's 24-year leader possesses.
But when asked to compare his latest NCAA Division I transfer to others Tarleton has had, the head coach who has won more than 500 games at the school fell silent for a long moment. And for good reason.
"It's not fair to compare him to other guards who have played here," Reisman finally answered, "It really isn't. He's at a completely different level."
In short, Reisman feels Daylon "Chuck" Guy is something special.
Guy is transferring to Tarleton from Arkansas-Little Rock and will have two years of eligibility with the Texans, according to a release sent by the university's athletics media relations staff Wednesday afternoon.
The 5-10 guard averaged 10.4 points as a sophomore, including pouring in 19 against national champion Kentucky. He scored a career-best 21 against IUPUI and tallied 18 games of 10 points or more.
Guy played in all 36 games as a true freshman at Little Rock, helping UALR to the NCAA Tournament.
"Chuck is a scoring point guard but he can also combo and play the two-guard," Reisman explained. "He has range, he can break defenses down off the dribble and create his own shot or shots for others, he can do it all.
"He's played against good competition in the Sun Belt Conference, and I feel that will have him prepared to come in and be an instant impact player in our league."
Tarleton will be defending its regular season Lone Star Conference co-championship with Guy on the roster next fall.
"He's the type of player we've been looking for," Reisman said. "The things he brings to the table are exactly what last year's team was missing - that lightning quick guard who can really make things happen instantly."
Guy is best known around North and Central Texas for his high school achievements. He was a four-year letterman and award winner at Fort Worth Eastern Hills, claiming MVP honors from the city's 4A district as a senior when he averaged 24.5 points, five assists and five steals. He scored 22.5 points while dropping 6.5 dimes and collecting five steals as a junior.
Reisman did finally think of two players from his coaching past to compare to Guy.
"I coached Dennis Rodman and I coached Anthony Jones and both those guys went on to the NBA," Reisman points out. "Chuck's natural talent is on par with them. If he comes in here and works hard the next two years he will develop into a player with areal shot at the next level."
Guy is the second confirmed member of Tarleton's 2012 recruiting class. The Texans signed Dublin prep standout Jakob Damstra, a 6-9 center, Tuesday morning.
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