Chuck Guy is the best player in the Lone Star Conference.
But what the senior point guard from Fort Worth really wants is for Tarleton State to be called the best Divsiion II team in the nation.
Guy, named Lone Star Conference Player of the Year before helping the Texans to the title in the league's postseason tournament in Allen last week, is beginning his final run in the NCAA Championship.
Tarleton tips off South Central Regional quarterfinal action at 3:30 p.m. (CST) Saturday against Texas A&M-International. The event is hosted by top seed Metropolitan State in Denver.
"Our main focus is to win a national championship, just like any other team. I think we can compete with any team in the nation and have shown it all year," said Guy. "I have no doubt. I know we can win it, now we just have to stay focused every day and prove it."
Guy came to Tarleton State before his junior season, leaving Division I Arkansas-Little Rock. While there, he scored 18 points on Kentucky as a sophomore.
"There are two kinds of point guards out there - scorers and distributors. When you find someone who can do both effectively, you better sign him because he's special," said Lonn Reisman. "That's Chuck. I have never coached a point guard who can both distribute the ball and score the way he can. If he's not the best point guard in the country then I don't know who is."
Teammate De'Andre Upchurch, the MVP of the Lone Star Conference Championship and the league's leading scorer, agrees.
"I just run to my spots, and I know Chuck will find me," De'Andre Upchurch said. "When Chuck drives, you have to be ready because if the defense helps at all, he's gonna pass the ball. I'm just glad he's on my team."
Guy had 19 points and dealt nine assists, many of them to Upchurch, in the LSC semifinals last week. Upchurch scored 22 in that game, and poured in 27 with the help of Guy and others against Midwestern State in the final.
That included a key 3-pointer for a six-point lead in the final 20 seconds. It was a spot-up jumper, smoothly stroked in one quick motion off a pass from who else, Guy.
"Even when I started attacking my main focus wasn't on shooting the ball," said Guy, who began the play with a hard drive from the top of the key to just inside the left elbow. That's when he fired a no-look pass to Upchurch in the left wing. "I knew the defender was going to help down and Church would be open. And he has heart. You have to have heart to hit that shot, and focus. Church was hot that whole game."
The two of them and senior Coleman Furst comprise one of the most fearsome backcourts in the country. Guy averages 15.9 points and 6.1 assists, Upchurch scores 17.3 per game including 23 over his last 10 and Furst has been a part of 98 career wins.
"The biggest thing is how together we are, like brothers," Guy said. All the guys, but especially the guards. Me and Church bonded right when I got here last year, and he even comes home with me to Fort Worth sometimes. Coleman, too, we've all been through a lot together and that helps us on the court."
And all three are contending for a championship for the final time.
"When I first got here on my recruiting visit I could tell Coach Reisman and me shared the same vision, and that formed a bond. That bond is what got me here, and it's been great. Two conference tournament championships and now we're 27-2. I've never been on a team close to that before," Guy said. "Now we want to finish what we started.
"We want to make our vision of winning a national championship come true."