Greenville's Clay Guillozet signs to play professional basketball for Oulu, Finland.
GREENVILLE – Greenville Senior High School alum and Valdosta State University graduate, Clay Guillozet has signed to play professional basketball for Oulu, Finland.
“It’s going to be some pretty good competition,” Guillozet stated. “I don’t know a ton about it, obviously I’ve watched some film I found online but talking with the coach and my agent it seems like it is going to be a solid level competition, it’s going to push me, not something I am going to go in there and have an easy way.”
Guillozet capped an outstanding three-year career for VSU. He was named Gulf South Conference Player of the Year and earned the prestigious Commissioner’s Trophy; the highest honor the Gulf South Conference (GSC) awards.
“I have prepared myself for any situation because I’m preparing myself to play against the best competition assuming that everybody is going to be as good as me if not better,” said Guillozet. “That is the way I am going to prepare so that I make sure that I am at my highest level of basketball so that I am ready to go out and compete and do what it takes to win.”
Oulu is a team in Finland first division in a city of about 200,000 residents, one of the larger cities in country.
“It’s cold but beautiful,” Guillozet noted. “You get to see the Northern Lights and Finland is one of the nicest countries in the world.”
Guillozet played the 2020-2021 basketball season professionally in Germany for Luxembourg before his agent moved him up to higher competition.
“My agent was talking to a few teams in Germany, Finland, Iceland, Portugal, Denmark and this one just seemed like the best fit – great opportunity,” said Guillozet. “Last year Luxembourg was a great stepping stone, a great little start for my career but this is that next level up.”
“It is going to be a little bit higher level of competition, some better expositor as far as international stacks and film,” Guillozet continued. “Just kind of trying to make that jump each year and trying to climb that ladder. It’s a better league, more competition and a better situation for me.”
“Right now I am the first American to sign so I think they are going to get at least one more – normally there are two Americans on the team,” he noted.” I am going to be living in a house with another American and we’ll be set up – transportation and everything will be taken care of.”
With English the language spoken in Finland, Guillozet has already had conversations with his new team.
“When I signed the coach put me in a group chat,” said Guillozet. “There were some guys that reached out in the group chat; returners, some veterans, some talented younger guys on the team and also some other Finish players that are new to the team. It was nice to connect with them, everybody spoke English and very easy to communicate.”