LA PUENTE - Cezar Guerrero, a gifted sophomore from Workman High School who averaged 27 points and thrilled fans with his creative ballhandling, is leaving the school to return to St. John Bosco where he starred as a freshman before transferring to Workman, Lobos boys basketball coach Martin Flores said.
Rumors of Guerrero's intention surfaced when he began practicing with different summer league teams and were confirmed by Flores on Tuesday.
"We just got his transfer papers," he said. "I didn't speak to Cezar but the way I look at it, people choose their own path and do what is best for them.
"He obviously felt this was the right thing for him to do, so we wish him the best and we will focus on what we have coming back."
Guerrero, along with Montview League most valuable player Bobby Miles-Serrano, guided the Lobos to a 20-6 record, a league title and a CIF-Southern Section Division IV-A quarterfinal berth.
The 6-foot, 185-pound guard, a Tribune and Division IV-A first-team selection, is considered one of the nation's top prospects among the 2011 class according to several recruiting publications. He lists UCLA as a school he is considering, and his deft moves are posted on several YouTube videos.
During his freshman year at St. John Bosco, Guerrero averaged 17 points in the Trinity League, which boasts perennial powers Mater Dei, Santa Margarita and Serra.
Guerrero surprisingly left St. John Bosco for Workman and applied for a "hardship transfer," but he was denied by CIF, which cited "undue influence."
Guerrero's family appealed the CIF ruling to the state board and won, which made him eligible to play his sophomore season.
After a successful year with the Lobos, Guerrero opted to return to St. John Bosco, apparently seeking the high profile St. John Bosco and the Trinity League provides.
"I don't have any hard feelings," Flores said. "It was an exciting year, he's a great player and is doing what he feels is best for him in the long run.
"I'm not one to stand in his way. This is his decision and I wish him the best."
This technically marks Guerrero's third school in three years, and CIF still has to rule on his eligibility his junior season.
Damien football camp
Damien High School is conducting a football clinic on Friday and Saturday at Damien for youths in first through seventh grades.
The skills camp is $60 and includes a T-shirt and instruction from Damien coaches, including four-time CIF champion Greg Gano, who is in his first year with the Spartans.
The camp will run 4-7 p.m. on Friday and 8-11 a.m. on Saturday. For more information contact Damien at 909-596-1946.
Huskies football camp
Four-time CIF champion coach Steve Bogan is conducting his annual South Hills High School football camp for youths ages 8-13 at South Hills on Friday from 4-7 p.m.
The cost is $30 (pre-register) or $40 the day of the camp. For more information contact the South Hills football office at 626-974-6214.
(626) 962-8811, Ext. 2161