Coach Branden Miller and the rest of the staff will be hitting the recruiting trail shortly to evaluate recruits, but they recently reached out to the AAU coach of Chris Chiozza to tell them they were interested.
The White Station (TN) High School point guard has started to gain increased interest from college coaches after averaging 17 points, 8 assists, 5 rebounds, and 3 steals last season.
"I play defense, I can score, I can rebound, and I can run my team. I'm an all-around player really," Chiozza said. "I'm still working on my outside shot, because that can always improve. Also focusing on my defense and being a leader for my team."
With that skillset, Chiozza holds offers from the likes of Ole Miss, VCU, and Massachusetts. However, he has his sights set on a few bigger offers.
"I would like to get offers from Florida, Miami (FL), Kansas, Ohio State, and Butler," Chiozza said. "Those are like the biggest schools basketball wise. Their name holds so much weight and they have basketball tradition. Anybody is lucky to get scholarship offers from them."
Included in that list was Butler, a school that recently contacted Chiozza's coaches to tell them they were interested.
"I haven't personally been in contact with anyone yet, but two assistant coaches have contacted my AAU Coach," Chiozza said. "I did watch their two tournament runs and I really like their system. They seem to have a great coach, that I wouldn't mind playing for."
Where would the Bulldogs stand if they start to recruit the 5-foot 11 guard?
"If they continue to recruit me, they will definitely be in the top of my list," Chiozza said.
Team Thad has a busy summer ahead, including trips to Kansas City, Milwaukee, Las Vegas, Atlanta, and Dallas. While crisscrossing the country, Chiozza may get a chance to match-up against two other top guards.
"I like playing against D'Angelo Russell and Quentin Snyder," Chiozza said. "They are ranked higher than me and it really motivates me. Trying to prove that I should be ranked up there with them. They are great players. I really would like to play with anyone of them if I got the chance to in college."
With the busy AAU schedule, Chiozza hasn't planned any campus visits, but does have an idea of what he is looking for at the next level.
"I have to have a good relationship with the coaches," Chiozza said. "They have to show that they are really interested in me, not only in basketball, but also my academics too. Helping me better myself for later on in life and showing that they really care about their players. The system they have is also important. Not necessarily a ‘run ‘n gun', but I would like an up-tempo team that plays a lot of hard defense."