A. J. Guyton
|Shooting guard / Point guard|
February 12, 1978 |
|Listed height||6 ft 1 in (185 cm)|
|Listed weight||180 lb (82 kg)|
|High school||Central (Peoria, Illinois)|
|NBA draft||2000 / Round: 2 / Pick: 32nd overall|
|Selected by the Chicago Bulls|
|Pro playing career||2000–2010|
|2002||Golden State Warriors|
|2003–2004||Hapoel Tel Aviv|
|2005–2006||Viola Reggio Calabria|
|2010||Al Rayyan Club|
|Career highlights and awards|
Guyton chose to play basketball for the Indiana University Hoosiers under coach Bob Knight from 1996 to 2000. He was a four-year starter and appeared in every game while at Indiana. When he left, Guyton was Indiana's all-time leader in three-point baskets (283) and fourth in all-time scoring (2,100). He also ranked eighth in all-time Indiana assists (403) and tenth in steals (128).
Guyton's first year saw him become only the second Hoosier freshman to collect 400 points, 100 steals and 100 assists; the other to pull that off is Isiah Thomas. Guyton made the All-Big Ten Team his sophomore year and the Playboy pre-season All-American Team his last two seasons.
Guyton was rumored to be leaving Indiana following his junior year, but after Luke Recker departed the team one week after the season, Guyton announced he was staying. His senior year was a successful one in which he averaged 19.7 points per game. Guyton later recalled, "I remember it all like it was yesterday. Those are nights you live for. I felt back then I couldn't be guarded." In 2000, he was named Big Ten Co-MVP and that same year was selected to the first team 2000 All-American Team.
The end of his time at Indiana saw tumultuous changes when former Hoosier teammate Neil Reed went public with an accusation that Coach Knight had put a choke hold on him in practice three years before. Calling a special press conference to give the players' point of view were Guyton and his four-year running mate at guard, Michael Lewis. Guyton said later, "We wanted to stand up for coach Knight. We wanted to tell people what they didn't know. People always think it's coach Knight's fault. For him (Reed) to pick that time, our senior year, to come out and tell his story, it showed a lack of respect for our team."
Despite the controversies surrounding Knight, Guyton recalled his Indiana career fondly. "We had a lot of good wins. Those were the best four years of my life. I wouldn't change a thing. I would go back to Indiana and do it all over again."
Guyton was selected by the Chicago Bulls in the 2nd round (32nd overall pick) in the 2000 NBA Draft. He played for the Bulls from 2000–2002 and briefly for the Golden State Warriors during the 2002-03 season. He later played in the NBDL, Italy, Israel, Croatia, and Sweden. In 2006 he was diagnosed with glaucoma in each eye and underwent treatment for it. "One day in Italy, I looked up for a rebound and lost sight of the ball," he said. "I started having cloudy vision, seeing rings around the lights."
- Houser, Lynn (15 January 2007). "Guyton: Indiana's forgotten star". Herald-Times. Retrieved 9 April 2012.
- A.J. Guyton. Eurobasket.com
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