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Cornelio Guibunda was not exactly enamored with the style of play during last week’s Adidas ABCD camp. The 6-9, 210 power-forward/center prefers a more team-oriented approach instead of the one-on-one style so regularly found during a high-profile camp such as this.
Nevertheless, Guibunda hung in there and tried to do whatever he could to help his team win. Defensively he has been a menace, tallying four blocks in one game and three in another.
“I was trying my best, but I couldn’t do anything [on offense] because a lot of people are playing selfish and want to do everything by themselves,” said Guibunda, who is a native of Mozambique. “I spoke with my high school coach, he told me to do the little things to help the team.”
Guibunda plays for King & Low-Heywood Thomas School in Stamford, Connecticut. As a junior, he averaged 25 points, 14 rebounds, and 7.8 blocks. He plays and is being recruited as either a 4 or 5 on the collegiate level. He is receiving heavy interest from UCLA, Virginia, Connecticut, Villanova, Virginia Tech, and Richmond.
He claims five schools have offered him a scholarship.
“UCLA, Virginia, Connecticut, Villanova, and Richmond have offered,” said Guibunda. “Virginia Tech has been after me as well. They said they would be watching me during this camp.”
In a normal setting, Guibunda likes to play both inside and outside. He hopes to show his true colors in the 3-Stripe camp later this summer.
“I like to take big men outside or make post moves as well,” said Guibunda. “I’m going to the 3-Stripe. We will play as a team there, so I think I will do much better.”
Athleticism and good movement are two very good traits to Guibunda’s game. He can contribute immediately on the next level on the defensive end with his long arms and athletic ability.
He is rated a three-star player by both TheInsiders.com and Rivals.com. Rivals has him rated the #25 power forward in the country.
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