Originally posted on Bearcats Blog  |  Last updated 4/17/13
The season review series kicks off with the first individual player entry, that of Ge'Lawn Guyn. In previous entries I've talked about the program and 3 players who didn't play a lot. You can see those entries at the top of the page or by clicking on the links in this sentence.  Ge'Lawn Guyn came into this season with some people thinking he would have an expanded role since he was a sophomore. Those people would be wrong. Guyn's freshman and sophomore year numbers are nearly identical. He played a little over 10 minutes a game. He used 14.1% of UC possessions, meaning 14% of possessions ended with a Guyn shot, assist or turnover. That was a bit down from last year. Guyn had a small bump in his offensive rating as he improved it from 91 to 95. While it seemed that Guyn shot more, especially during a phase in the middle of the season, his shot percentage was 15.2. That was only up .6% from last year. Guyn was a worse shooter from the field at 37%. Only his true shooting % rose on the back of two more made 3s and a much better free throw percentage.  In keeping with the "he was exactly the same" theme, Guyn made 27 field goals. This year he used 73 attempts to 69 a year ago. He was 11-38 from 3, 29%. He was 15-18, 83%, at the foul line which is where he showed a lot more improvement. But he only had 18 attempts so sample size and what have you. Guyn averaged 2.4 points a game. He pulled in the exact number of rebounds from last year with 26. He was down in assists with only 14. He also was down in steals with 11 compared to 18. Guyn did block the first 5 shots of his career this season. He cut down on his turnover percentage, 24% to 23%, but his fouls rose to 1.3 a game. That's a lot for someone who only played 10 minutes a game.  Ge'Lawn started the year with a nice chunk of minutes. He played at last 17 in the first 3 games. He scored 4, 4 and 8. He had 8 points and 4 boards against NCAA tournament team NC A&T. Guyn blocked his first two shots of his career in the season opener. Guyn had 5 points in a game versus Campbell. With UC playing tough competition, Guyn played 13 minutes a game. He scored 5 points in those 3 games with 1 rebound, 2 assists and a steal. With a lesser opponent next, Guyn scored 6 with 3 assists and 3 steals. An awful game against UMES was the last significant run Guyn would get for a month. He was 0-4 with 2 turnovers and 3 fouls in just 14 minutes.  Starting with the UALR game, Guyn attempted at least one 3 point attempt in the 7 games he played. He was 2-12. That's not a good number. As a result, he only scored 5 points from December 6 until January 15. The big change on January 15 was the knee injury to Cashmere Wright. Guyn played 14 minutes against DePaul. He played decently with 7 points on 2-3 shooting, 3-4 free throws, 2 rebounds, 2 turnovers and 3 fouls. Guyn got his first start against Marquette the following game. He was 0-4 for 2 points with 2 boards, 2 assists and a steal in the overtime win. UC was undefeated when Ge'Lawn Guyn started. Fact.  After elevated minutes the next 2 games to accommodate Wright's knee, Guyn didn't play much the rest of the way. He had 9 minutes against Syracuse where he was 0-1 with a rebound and a turnover. He played 16 minutes against Rutgers with 5 points on the back of 3-3 from the line. Guyn started his gunner phase after back to back scoreless games. He had a traditional 3 point play against Pitt, went 2-3 against Nova, 0-2 in 2 minutes against Georgetown and 2-7 for 5 points in 11 minutes against UConn. The UConn game started a string of 5 straight games Guyn would hit a 3. He was 5-10 from 3 in that span. Guyn would only attempt one three in the final 3 games. He scored 2 points against PC and 2 against Creighton. Guyn had 4 fouls in 4 minutes in the PC game. That is kind of crazy.  I was a fan of gunner Ge'Lawn Guyn. I was quite public in my support of him during this time. It wasn't just because he was making shots, but because it was finally some kind of evolution for Guyn. For his entire career we've known that he will do 2 things. He will guard you tough and he will foul. A Guyn who would step on the floor and confidently put up shots was an evolution. It didn't last but 5 games, but those 5 games will hopefully go a long way in forming the new Ge'Lawn Guyn that we see next year.  Because we need to see a new Ge'Lawn Guyn next year. Mick may give him the starting point guard job early because he is a junior and the other candidates are freshmen, but that doesn't mean that the job will be Guyn's all season. With how he's played his first 2 seasons, he's not the ideal man for the job. Not only has Guyn struggled with his shot, but he has a negative career assist/turnover ratio. Guyn is going to have to improve his shooting. He's going to have to improve his handle. He's going to have to improve his decision making. There is a lot of room for growth. Guyn wasn't the only Bearcat to not take a step forward this season. He's going to be one of the most important in making the leap this summer. Cincinnati is going to be a different team next year. They'll need a different Ge'Lawn Guyn. I believe in him and I want him to be the player that we think he can be. We've seen Bearcats in the past make a leap from not a lot of playing time to stars. Not a lot of them have been guards. It's going to be a challenge for Guyn. Hopefully he rises to the occasion. Cincinnati has had the all time leader in assists and 3 pointers made followed by the all time leader in steals and games played at point guard the last 7 years. There are big shoes to fill. The ball's in Ge'Lawn Guyn's hands. It's time to see what he can do with it. 
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