Chiozza: A Blur On The Court

After a strong spring performance, 2014 point guard Chris Chiozza is ready for a productive July on the circuit. He spoke with about where his recruitment stands.

Rising junior point guard Chris Chiozza has made the change from Bartlett to White Station, a powerhouse on the Memphis basketball scene.

At just five-foot-nine, he's had to overcome a lot of scrutiny about his size, but feels as though he has the tools to translate into a successful player at the college level. National Recruiting Analyst Brian Snow saw the diminutive point guard in action this spring, and was quite impressed.

"There is fast, and there is what Chiozza is," Snow wrote. "He might be the fastest player baseline-to-baseline in the 2014 class, and he just wreaks havoc with his speed on both ends of the floor. Chiozza is the engine that drives his up tempo Team Thad squad. He is a creative finisher when going to the rim, is a good passer in transition, and proved he can make an open shot. He lacks ideal size, but makes up for it with the way he plays."

Running with Team Thad was a very positive experience for Chiozza, as it allowed him to get in front of potential suitors for the first time.

"The spring went really well for me," he said. "Playing with Team Thad, it got me traveling a lot and a lot of college coaches to see me. It put me on the radar for a lot of colleges. The team is really talented and I'm looking forward to this July."

When he's at his best, Chiozza says he's getting other teammates involved.

"I'm not much of a scorer, I'm a playmaker." he said about when he's playing top-notch ball. "Playing defense, getting steals, coming down and distributing the ball to my teammates for easy dunks and wide open shots."

Coaches have certainly taken notice of his speed and ability on the court.

Chiozza claims an offer from Missouri, as well as strong interest from the likes of VCU, Massachusetts, Virginia Tech, UCF, Ole Miss, Tennessee, Richmond, among others.

In order to showcase his full talents, the Memphis native feels as though there are some parts of his game that he could improve on.

"I need to get stronger, stay in the weight room," he said. "I need to continue to keep shooting and working on my jump shot."

If he's able to improve in those areas, Chiozza will be a very fine pickup for an uptempo offense at the high Division I level.

Although he's not currently ranked, that doesn't discourage him on the court.

"I honestly don't care about rankings, I just go out there and play," Chiozza said.

Location won't be playing much of a factor in his decision, as Chiozza said he wouldn't mind traveling away from home. Also, he's currently eyeing to make a college choice by the fall of his senior season.

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