RICHMOND, VA - VCU has their replacement for Joey Rodriguez in point guard signee Teddy Okereafor. Now they're after someone to fill the shoes of Jamie Skeen.
Shaka Smart and assistant coach Will Wade spent Wednesday night in Columbia, South Carolina, on a home visit with 6'8" power forward Jared Guest. After graduating from Richland Northeast High School in 2010, Guest barely missed academically qualifying and he spent a season playing at Charis Prep Academy in Wilson, NC.
Richland Northeast head basketball coach Jason Powell tells NBC12 that Smart told Guest he was "their number one guy," and that Guest and his mother are leaning heavily toward VCU. Guest has visits scheduled for Georgia and Maryland this weekend, but things went so well at VCU, Powell says Guest is "thinking about canceling visit to Maryland." Guest has plans to call Smart on Sunday, and Powell expects Guest to make his decision at least by early next week.
Guest has only been playing organized basketball for four years. He grew four inches during his freshman year of high school, and he was convinced to go out for the JV basketball team at RNE his sophomore year. He started playing varsity his junior year, and had a very productive senior year, where he was named to the North/South All-Star Game in South Carolina.
During the early signing period he had offers to East Carolina and Marshall, but he decided not to sign and wait for more offers to come.
Last weekend, VCU signed Okereafor, their first signee since making it to the Final Four.