When a player averages double figures and starts every game as a sophomore at the Division I ranks, he doesn’t ordinarily seek a transfer to Division II.
But Daylon “Chuck” Guy was not facing ordinary circumstances.
The 5-10 point guard who starred at Fort Worth Eastern Hills High School needed to be closer to his daughter, Lohndyn, 1. But he also hoped to avoid having to go through the NCAA to retain both his remaining years of eligibility.
Enter associate head coach Chris Reisman from Tarleton State.
When Guy decided to leave Sun Belt Conference member Arkansas-Little Rock for a school closer to home, TCU and UT-Arlington were among the suitors showing interest.
So was Texas A&M-Commerce, a Lone Star Conference rival of Tarleton’s, which offered Guy the same promise as the Texans - no threat of losing his junior season.
“I could have tried to go through the NCAA to keep both years, but I want to compete for championships and I didn’t feel like the Division I schools looking at me could do that,” said Guy in a telephone interview from Little Rock Friday afternoon. “Tarleton may be Division II, but it’s one of the best programs in the country and its where I have the best bet of winning a national championship.”
Guy averaged 10.4 points last season including 19 when UALR lost to eventual national champion Kentucky. He reached double figures 18 times.
But asked to describe his game, the first thing the former 4A all-state standout points out is a weakness.
“I have to get better at help defense,” he said. “I think I’m a good on-ball defender, but I’m going to work on my help ‘D.’
He admits his true comfort zone is on the offensive end.
“I like to get the team involved so everyone’s into the flow and the defense has to be honest,” Guy said. “Once that happens, that’s when I can get freed up to score more.”
He describes himself - much as Tarleton head coach Lonn Reisman did on Wednesday - as a scoring point guard who can combo.
“I played point guard my freshman year (at UALR) and shooting guard my sophomore year,” he said. “I learned a lot playing against teams at that level.”
Besides Kentucky, UALR played Michigan State last year after winning the Sun Belt’s automatic bid to the NCAA Championship his freshman season.
“I played against some great players, some great teams,” he said. “But I know some guys who have played in (the LSC) and I know they can play. We never really talked about it because that wasn’t on my mind then, but I know what kind of players they are so I kind of have an idea what to expect.
“Going to Division II may be a step down, but it’s just a little step,” he continued. “That’s the first thing I thought when I saw how it is at Tarleton.”
He says he fit in right away on his official visit.
“The coaches and the players were all cool. It just felt right the whole time I was there,” he said.
Guy said he was in the finishing touches of the spring semester at UALR and plans to attend classes at Tarleton during the upcoming first summer semester.
“I want to get there and get started,” he said. “I need to keep my classes going and I want to get there and get to know everything I can about the program and about all my teammates. I want to show I can be a leader for a good team.”
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