Zollo Prepares For July

Miami RedHawk class of 2011 big man target Vinny Zollo (6'9," 235 pounds) attended Miami's Elite Camp this week and enjoyed his experience and found it beneficial to prepare him for the big July evaluation period.

Miami RedHawk class of 2011 big man target Vinny Zollo (6'9," 235 pounds) attended Miami's Elite Camp this week and enjoyed his experience and found it beneficial to prepare him for the big July evaluation period.

Zollo explained:

"I thought it was a good opportunity before July to get in and get playing. I was playing against some great competition here which will get me ready for the track meet that is AAU. I am just getting some gym time and got to play in some nice facilities."

Zollo liked the experience of spending two days at Miami's Oxford, Ohio campus. He said, "It is really an eye opener. I really like the campus. It is a beautiful place. Pretty secluded. Definitely a lot poured into the architecture. It is really pretty."

The Clark County (KY) standout also admires Miami's staff. Specifically, Zollo said, "Coach Coles and the whole coaching staff seem like genuine guys. As a program itself, they seem like on the right track to success. So I really respect them."

Zollo was visiting Miami as part of his mini tour of southwest Ohio this week. He visited and played in open gyms at Dayton and Wright State before Miami's Elite Camp and was planning to visit Xavier afterwards.

Those four schools are not far from his home he explained. "I got to look at local schools without flying out anywhere. Nice to just get in a car and be here in a short amount of time in (the span of) an afternoon."

Zollo previously committed to Kentucky after being offered a scholarship as a freshman by then UK coach Billy Gillespie. He later decommitted after the coaching change.

He previously told RedHawk Insider, "My recruiting has been all over the place. West Virginia, Tennessee, Xavier, and Kentucky all recruited me as a frosh. I decommitted because of the style of play. I feel like a veteran of recruiting. I now know that it is not necessarily the top 25 team or the team on T.V. every night that is the best fit for me. That is why I am interested in Miami, Ohio, and the MAC schools. I want to go where I can contribute right away."

Zollo is also getting recruited by Kansas, West Virginia, Butler, Notre Dame, Oklahoma State (offer), Marshall (offer), and Western Kentucky (offer).

The standout from George Rogers Clark High School is seriously considering Miami. He previously said, "I like Miami and the style of play. I grew up in Ohio about an hour away and have been to lots of Miami games when I was young. I played AAU in Dayton and had a relationship with (former Miami player and current pro) Nathan Peavy. It is close to home (Oxford is 30 miles from Cincinnati). I am very intrigued with Miami." Zollo also said he has "a good relationship with Coach Coles and (assistant) Coach Grunk."

Last season for Clark, Zollo averaged 19 points, 14 rebounds, and led his team in every statistical category including assists.

Zollo was not always big. He had a late growth spurt. Zollo grew up playing guard and now has the ballhandling and shooting skills one expects from a player at that position. He actually plays the 3 on his AAU team (Indiana Elite) which Zollo believes is improving his game by allowing him to continue to work on his guard skills.

Zollo's idol is Tyler Hansborough and patterns his game after the former UNC star. Zollo explained, "I can relate to him. I play more of the euro style and create great mismatches." He also said examples of the way he plays could be seen with Gordon Hayward or Dirk Norwitski.

Zollo will see what happens during the July evaluation period and then afterward will "pick and choose and limit the list" and see what is best for him and his family.

Stayed tuned to RedHawk Insider as we follow Vinny Zollo in the future.

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