Zollo Talks Madness, High School and Rehab

Wildcat commitment Vinny Zollo took in Kentucky's Big Blue Madness for the second time last weekend. Zollo, a 2011 player, took a moment to talk about his visit, his rehab on his injury and his goals for this season.

Last season, Vinny Zollo was one of the underclassmen on hand in Rupp Arena for Big Blue Madness. He had an opportunity to join future teammates and recruits again for Madness this season. "I liked it a lot. It was crazy. I was lucky enough to go last year too," said Zollo. "This year was really something else. It was packed and Rupp was just rocking. All the fans there to see just a scrimmage," said Zollo.

Zollo also talked about the tribute to Bill Keightly. "The Bill Keightly presentation was really a heartfelt moment. He was such a big deal around campus."

Like everyone else, Zollo had his thoughts about Daniel Orton. "They got the Daniel Orton commitment out of that weekend. That was a really big deal. He's a real good kid. I think he's a really good pickup on and off the court," said Zollo.

Zollo had a chance to play pickup ball with Orton and the other current and future Wildcats during the open scrimmage. "This was the first time I got to go and play since I got hurt. I'm about 90 percent right now," said Zollo. "It felt good to get out there and run with the guys. The atmosphere because of Orton was crazy. Fans were on their feet cheering for Orton," said Zollo.

Zollo suffered a broken foot early in the AAU season. At this point, he's making progress on rehabbing his injury. "Things are going good. I'm going through rehab, working on my flexibility. I need to get my strength back. The foot I jump off of is the one I broke," said Zollo. "The thing that's coming back slow is making my cuts. But I'm able to use other things in my game."

Before his injury, Zollo said he saw regular improvement on his game. "I was playing really well," said Zollo about his play before his injury. "I was improving by leaps and bounds. I played for Indiana Elite this summer. It was really good," said Zollo. "When I committed, I got hurt the second tournament after that. It took a toll on me mentally. I was trying to come back too soon. It was really frustrating," said Zollo. "Now I feel like I make progress whenever I step on the floor."

Zollo will be playing for Clark County this year after transferring from McClain High School in Greenfield Ohio. Zollo expects Clark County to be in the hunt for a state championship. "We are loaded with talent. We want to win a state championship. I want to play my part on the team. If that means carrying the load offensively, then I'll do that. I was worried that me coming in as a new kid would hurt our chemistry. But I think we're capable of putting it all together," said Zollo.


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