Featured Student Athlete

Sebastian Guitian

South Carolina State Bulldogs

Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference (MEAC)

Sebastian Guitian - Redshirt Sophmore South Carolina State

Already accomplished as a D-1 player, Sebastine is looking for a fresh start after injury setbacks and a coaching change at his current program

~ By Michael Costeines

Stats

  • Scoring Average

    3.8

  • Rebound Average

    2.3

  • Blocks Per Game

    0.2

  • Mins Per Game

    13.1

  • Games Played

    18

The 6-foot-10, 235-pound forward was a two-year player at D-1 South Carolina State. The Bulldogs compete in the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference (MEAC). As a freshman, Guitian appeared in 18 games (five starts) and averaged 3.8 points and 2.3 rebounds per contest across 13 minutes. Moreover, he shot 14-of-17 (82 percent) from the free-throw line. Against ACC opponent Clemson, Guitian scored 10 points and grabbed six rebounds. He also posted a season-high of 11 points on 5-of-7 shooting from the field against NC A&T.

South Carolina State went through a coaching change in March of 2021 with the hiring of Tony Madlock. That July, Guitian suffered a setback after tearing his left patellar tendon at a South Carolina Pro-Am event that required a six-to-nine-month recovery.

More on Sebastine's resilience & comeback

  • Height

    6-Foot-10

  • Weight

    235 Ibs

  • Position

    Forward

Guitian returned to the court in late January under a minute’s restriction. He would go on to appearing in two games and while averaging 5 ½ minutes per contest. Ultimately, Guitian believed it was in his best interest to continue rehabbing and utilizing a medical redshirt year for that season. After being cleared by doctors and 100 percent healthy, he decided to seek a fresh start and enter the transfer portal as of March 15th, 2022.

Originally from Miami, FL, Guitian played three seasons of high school basketball at Westwood Christian. He averaged 23.6 points and 11 rebounds per game as a senior and was named All-Dade County for his efforts. Moreover, he shot an impressive 55 percent from deep.

“Sebastian was one of the hardest working kids I’ve ever coached,” said former Westwood Christian head coach Jose Amat. “To see him back in 10th grade and where he is today is a testament to his work ethic and love for the game. He’s a stretch big with a knock-down jumper and strong face-up game.”

A redshirt stint at Palm Beach Atlantic developed Guitian into a bigger and stronger player during the 2018-2019 season. Looking for that “D1 dream”, he decided to attend JUCO Florida Southwestern. During that period, Guitian garnered D-1 interest from programs like Valparaiso, Lamar, University of Maryland-Baltimore County, Stetson, South Carolina State and Bryant.

At Florida Southwestern, Guitian helped the Buccaneers to a 29-1 record and No. 1 JUCO ranking in the nation. Eight players, including Guitian, would go on to D-1 programs. He credits Florida Southwestern’s pedigree and culture with helping his transition to the D-1 level.

Guitian is set to graduate from South Carolina State with a 3.7 GPA. He was offered by D2 Southern Arkansas on March 28th. In addition, Guitian has received calls from Northwestern Oklahoma State, Emmanuel College (GA), Lees-McRae (NC), Converse University (SC) and Minnesota Crookstone. Stetson and Florida International have expressed interest to him as a walk-on. Guitian is looking to pursue his master’s degree at his next destination.

He has at least two years of eligibility remaining. Guitian could also have an extra year due to his medical redshirt and the Covid-19 pandemic effecting last season.

“I believe I can bring my experience and passion to win to a program; whether that be taking a charge, making the right pass taking the right shot. You have to know your role and embrace it at the collegiate level.”

 

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