Chris Chiozza 5'10 PG (White Station/Team Thad)
A few years ago, a young 6th grader walked into my camp with 8 future Division 1 basketball players as well a few other players who are now playing Junior College ball across the country. Unassuming,small and looking a bit timid, my first thought,he might be a little out of his league here. The names were there, Robert Houston who at the time was maybe the best 8th grader in the city, Cameron Golden,Alex Anderson and host of others who were older and supposedly better. All Chiozza did was outshine some of the best guards in the city with a flair for the game and vision unlike anyone else in the camp. Anyone there camp would tell you, he may have been the best guard there as a 6th grader. He had the swagger and confidence to become a great pg and now, fast forward 5 years later and today at his high school, the 5’10 pg committed to Billy Donovan and the Florida Gators. He’s overcome all the odds, all the nay sayers ”too small for high major”" Doesn’t shoot it well enough to be a high major guard”. All he has done is become the second best player in the city in the 2014 class,not a bad honor considering,his AAU and school ball teammate Leron Black is considered as a top 25 player in the country. Just a few months ago,Chiozza was mid major at best by most and considering some smaller schools hoping for bigger offers but thus far during the AAU/travel ball season,no one in the country’s stock has rose more than Chiozza’s. He’s put together a stretch where he’s dominated his competition and whoever has been put in front of him garnering offers of the past few weeks from Ohio State,UCONN,USC and Memphis just last week however with Florida offering before the hometown Tigers,it was just to much to pass up and a “dream school” according to Norton Hurd,Team Thad’s 17s coach. “Chris is new to this,he’s never been through this before, he loved the idea of going to Ohio State but it was his choice” Hurd said.
With 2014 just around the corner, that’s 1 off the board with maybe Leron Black deciding sooner rather than later and possibly following his friend and teammate as I’ve heard his decision could affect where Black plays collegiately. Don’t hate the young man for a decision that he made to do what was best for himself. Florida has a proven track record with point guards and Billy Donovan gets the most out of his guards. With Kasey Hill in for next year and probably a two year and done player,Chiozza will walk into a chance to play immediately as a freshman and he could play big dividends for the Gators early. Congratulations Chris on your college choice, Florida is getting a great one.
Future Florida PG