Gators get excellent fit with Chiozza

Four-star point guard Chris Chiozza should be an excellent fit in Billy Donovan's system on offense and defense.

With the decision of four-star point guard Chris Chiozza to attend Florida, the Gators have themselves one of the best players in the country. Also it means that Florida has a built in replacement, someone who fits their system, and potentially an excellent recruiter as well.

Florida boss Billy Donovan has shown a willingness to play smaller guards in the past. Erving Walker immediately comes to mind as someone who thrived in Donovan's system. More than anything, Donovan has shown an ability to play multiple point guards at the same time, and that is where Chiozza fits in.

No matter what happens with five-star class of 2013 recruit Kasey Hill, Chiozza will have the opportunity to make an impact right away because of what he does on both ends of the floor.

If Hill leaves after year, he will departing with fellow senior and steady floor leader Scottie Wilbiken and create a major void at the point guard position. Transfer Eli Carter from Rutgers is a very talented player, but is more of a scorer than a point guard. If Hill does come back for two or more years, then Chiozza and Hill have the quickness and athleticism to play together in stretches.

What is such a good fit for Florida and Chiozza is the system of offense. While Florida doesn't have the fastest pace of play, they do have a lot of freedom for their guards within the system. Chiozza is at his best when he can play off of ball screens and works in a free flowing offense which is what Florida employs.

Also Florida loves their guards to pressure the ball. Not so much in the full court, but in the half court, and that is where Chiozza is very impressive. Chiozza not only has incredibly active hands where he can make steals and cause havoc to a ball handler, and then is also excellent at playing passing lanes.

This gives Chiozza the freedom on both ends to do what he does best, and given the history of small guards having success at Florida, Chiozza's weakness should be masked.

Also Chiozza might serve as one of the best recruiters at Florida has. His high school and AAU teammate Leron Black is also heavily considering the Gators. While Chiozza and Black are definitely not a package deal and have made no such indications, having one of Black's friends already committed to the school can only help the Gators pursuit of the five-star power forward.

Overall on many fronts Florida looks to be a good fit for Donovan and what he likes out of his guards. While not the biggest player in stature, the impact that Chiozza could make on the program over four years could be huge.

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