Chiozza talks new offers

Very few players have seen their stock soar this spring more than Memphis native Chris Chiozza.

Four-star point guard Chris Chiozza has been one of the hottest commodities since the month of April. High-major programs are offering him at an impressive rate, and the diminutive point guard has proven his worth every step of the way.

At about 5-foot-10 and 155 pounds, Chiozza isn't the most intimidating player when he walks on to the court, but once the game starts he is a problem to defend. Chiozza's speed, motor, toughness, and floor vision have always been there, and now his offense is improving as well.

"I have proven that I can score more," said Chiozza. "Last year I was just a facilitator and defensive player, but this year with Leron Black being out for a few tournaments I had to pick it up on the offensive end."

With that improved scoring college coaches are taking notice. Schools like Tennessee, Florida, Memphis, Ohio State, Butler, USC, Ole Miss, Auburn, Missouri, and Connecticut all offered, and it was something that Chiozza didn't necessarily expect.

"It has been amazing," said Chiozza of all the offers. "I never thought I would get six high-major offers in two days. I wasn't expecting it even though I was playing good. I felt I played great last summer, but everyone doubted me because of my size. Now they see our team going against top players and I am holding my own and college coaches really like that."

The next step for Chiozza he hopes is to take some visits and to begin to get his list down to a manageable number.

"I am going to try and set up some visits," said Chiozza of the next step. "I am going to try to go to Florida, Ohio State, Butler, and some others. I want to take my visits, see how those go, and narrow it down to two or three schools before making my decision."

Florida is a school that initially was recruiting Black, and began taking major interest in Chiozza, and he says that offer was a big one.

"That was great," said Chiozza of the Gators offer. "I was on my way home from Biloxi and Coach (Billy) Donovan and Coach (John) Pelphrey called me. I was on the phone with them for about 30 minutes and they offered me a scholarship and I was in disbelief. I had LeRon in the back seat and he heard me talking to them and we both got excited knowing we have the chance to play at the same college."

Like Florida, Ohio State first noticed Chiozza when coming in to see Black and after viewing him during the April period decided he was worthy of an offer.

"They saw me for the first time at White Station when they came to see LeRon and they really liked how I was playing," said Chiozza. "They have talked to me a little bit and then they saw me the past couple of weeks and they liked my game and offered me. Me and LeRon were excited again because that is another school we could both play at."

Butler has been recruiting Chiozza has hard as anyone going to all of his games in April, and that offer also was a big one for him.

"That was great as well," said Chiozza of the Butler offer. "They have been to the tournament and they are like a powerhouse getting to the tournament every year with back to back title games. It was just great to get that offer."

For now Chiozza is going to focus on improving and playing with Team Thad, and as time goes on he will begin setting up official visits and narrowing down his school list.

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