Some great stuff about Cal guard Jorge Gutierrez from Arizona State, courtesy of the Arizona Republic’s Doug Haller:
“He’s an odd guy, because he’s one of the nicest guys I’ve talked to,” said Arizona State senior Jamelle McMillan. “But on the court, he’s just ruthless. He’ll throw an elbow here, he’ll grab there. He doesn’t talk, but he’s an amazing competitor, and obviously his role has changed a lot. He’s scoring the ball a lot more, seems to have confidence in his offense. He’s what makes that team go. I look forward to playing against him for maybe the last time, depending on if we see him later (in the Pac-10 Tournament) or whatever. He’s a guy I have a lot of respect for.”
Gutierrez introduced himself to ASU two years ago, playing physical, tough defense on then-standout James Harden. Last season, despite playing just 21.4 minutes per game, Gutierrez earned a spot on the Pac-10′s All-Defensive team. This season, out of necessity, he’s added more offense, averaging 12.4 points 4.4 and four assists.
“He’s a terrific player because he’s such a high-energy player,” ASU coach Herb Sendek said. “He makes hustle plays. I think his approach is probably contagious. He’s an uplifting competitor. To me, he’s one of the best defenders in the league, and he’s really improved his offensive game. He’s (also) shooting the ball very well.”