Florida guard Chris Chiozza learning and adapting to his new role as a leader.

GAINESVILLE, Fla.-- Florida's outside shooting will be a huge key to success this season for the Gators. Chris Chiozza will be one Mike White will lean on this year.

Chris Chiozza hit 41 triples last season for Florida last season. This season the Gators will need his talents from outside the arc to find success. 

"Personally, I have been working on consistently making my jump shot and being more of a vocal leader," said Chiozza at UF's basketball media day on Thursday.  "Those have been the two things I've focused on most this summer. The third would be just getting stronger."

With some new faces to the team, the junior guard is learning how to adapt to his new role as a veteran. 

 "I'm learning how everybody reacts to criticism and I'm trying to be positive. I'm trying to make it to where they don't take it personally and we see it as more of encouragement, but still point out what could have been done better." 

 According to Chiozza, his confidence comes from playing under Mike White for the second season and the expectations that brings. 

"I think we have a big chip on our shoulder, a bigger chip than we had last year," he said. "We knew last year we were supposed to do better than we did and we feel like we're one of the best teams this year. The way we ended last year, I think a lot of people just counted us out but I just think that we will do well."

Chiozza led the Gators in assists and posted the SEC's sixth-best assist-to-turnover ration. He averaged just over seven points a game. He previews the season ahead and more in the video above. 

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