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PREP BOYS BASKETBALL: A Q&A with Vista Murrieta's Davin Guinn

03/04/2013, 2:13pm PST
By By JEFF SANDERS jsanders@californian.com

Someday, Davin Guinn may want your vote.

Someday, Davin Guinn may want your vote.

One person, of course, is already backing Vista Murrieta's star boys basketball player.

"He's the type of kid I want my son to become," Broncos coach Andy Rucker said after recently penning a letter of recommendation for CIF Scholar Athlete of the Year for Guinn. "He will acknowledge when he makes a mistake. He will be the hardest worker. He is just one of those leaders that you want to have because of his ability and because of all the other intangible things he has."

Guinn's resume is impressive, too.

On top of leading the Broncos with 22.9 points per game, Guinn is an Eagle Scout, a nationally-certified pianist, the chief editor at Broncos News Network and a top-10-of-his-class student sitting on a cumulative 4.26 grade-point average (4.8 for the semester).

Still, the 6-foot-5 Guinn had enough time to dish with The Californian about the Broncos' rematch with Murrieta Valley, prioritizing a full workload (AP government, calculus, statistics and a college prep English course) and a potential future in politics.

Question: Your team turned the Southwestern League standings upside down with that first victory over Murrieta Valley, which was the top-ranked team in Division II-A at the time. How much did that win mean to you?

Answer: That was huge. Up until that point, we had yet to put together a solid game that we had finished out. We were waiting for a game where we played four solid quarters and that was a big step for us. We came together as a team and we were able to beat our rival.

Q: Should we have been surprised that the Broncos staged that kind of upset?

A: I think people that see our record — our record is a little bit deceiving. We've had some injuries. We are still trying to get over not having one of our better players, Jordan Perry. I rolled my ankle and I was out for eight to nine games. We had been trying to adjust and get used to playing. It was kind of a struggle in the beginning, so I think our record is kind of deceiving. Now that we are close to full strength, we are actually better than what people see based on our record.

Q: So what happened with that ensuing loss to Chaparral?

A: I don't really know. It's tough to play at their place. We were just a little bit off guard. We didn't rebound the ball as well as we thought we would, and we let a couple of their guys get hot early on. It was a struggle to battle back. ... We just didn't finish. We turned the ball over. We had a five-point lead with two minutes (to go), and it slipped away from us.

Q: Is that loss more of a testament to how tough the Southwestern League is than a knock against you guys?

A: Yeah, this league is one of the toughest leagues around and it's kind of buried out here in Murrieta-Temecula. I don't think people understand how tough the league actually is. Everybody knows exactly what everybody is going to do and no game is going to be easy.

Q: And now Murrieta Mesa is a threat.

A: Yeah, last year Mesa was like 0-10 in league. This year, they've kept building themselves. Any team can beat any team on any given night.

Q: So who's the best team in Murrieta?

A: Us. If we can play up to our standards, then we're definitely the best team.

Q: You've got one more against Murrieta Valley at their place this week. How hard is it going to be to beat the Nighthawks for a second time?

A: I've thought about that. Obviously, they are going to come out fired up. It's going to be difficult to play there. They are definitely going to have the home-court advantage. But we are going to pack the stands, too. It's not that far away. ... That game is going to be huge. As far as our mental preparation, we are going to just treat it like any other game.

Q: You're also a concert pianist. What's more nerve-racking — performing or playing basketball?

A: You know, I think they are kind of equal. Before a basketball game, there's always the nerves. You want to do well. You want to win. Before a piano concert, you don't want to mess up. But once you're in it, you're not nervous. You're just going with it. I'd say probably equal, but a big game is probably a little more nerve-racking.

Q: Your grades are extraordinarily high, too. How do you manage it all?

A: It was just a decision I made when I was younger. My parents have always expected it from me. Even from elementary school, it was you come home and do your homework, and then if you finish your homework and have time for other things, then you can go outside and shoot, play some video games and hang out with friends. I just set a goal that I wanted to get good grades. It's definitely tough. I definitely don't have a lot of free time during the week. I come and do homework until I go to bed. Then I get up at 5 for seminary for bible study.

Q: Do you know what you want to major in when you get to college?

A: No, not yet. I'm thinking about maybe political science or business or maybe law. I'm hesitant to go into political science because I want to major in something that I can do right after (I graduate).

Q: A political junkie, eh? Republican or Democrat?

A: I tend to be more conservative but I'm not going to register myself with a party yet. I'm independent. In case I decide to run for office down the line, I don't want to align myself with one party because people might say, "He was Democrat then and now he's a Republican. This guy's flipping sides all over the place."

Q: If and when you do run, tell us why a vote for Davin Guinn is a smart vote?

A: I see both points of view. I try to do the right thing. I follow my gut instinct. If I'm a politician, I'm not going to get caught up in the corruption, the lobbying, all that stuff. I'm going to do what the people want.

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