Recruitment picks up for Chiozza

Chris Chiozza

Three-star point guard Chris Chiozza is one of the best playmakers in the 2014 class, and his recruitment is really on the rise.

During the summer Team Thad was one of the most exciting and best teams on the AAU circuit. The man who was the engine for Team Thad's pressing and running style was Chris Chiozza. The Memphis (Tenn.) White Station floor general led the way and now has numerous schools picking up their recruitment of him.

"The summer went great," said Chiozza. "It was the best summer of basketball I ever played and the best team I ever played with. To be around a great group of guys like that who are unselfish and know how to play, it was a lot of fun."

He continued, "I showed people that I am an excellent defender and one of the best playmakers in the country. I think I showed I can also score. Most people thought I was just a passer, but I think I showed I can do more."

Coming into the summer Chiozza was getting mostly mid-major interest, but that has now changed.

"I've been hearing from Kansas, Wake Forest, Ole Miss, Baylor, Memphis, Virginia Tech, Tennessee, Arkansas, Richmond, VCU, and UMass," listed Chiozza.

In terms of visits, Chiozza isn't sure exactly where he will go, but he does have one trip in mind.

"I've been thinking about taking some, but I am not sure yet," said Chiozza. "I might go to Ole Miss because it is close and I want to see their campus and stuff."

When it comes to the Rebels, Chiozza wants to see what Andy Kennedy and his staff have to offer.

"Ole Miss is close by, it is in the SEC where you can never go wrong, it is a good academic school, and you can't play basketball forever," said Chiozza. "Then they also have good players and they are always a good team."

While he wants to trip to Ole Miss, Chiozza is more familiar with the Memphis Tigers, and admits it is the school he grew up wanting to play for.

"It is good to hear from Memphis," said Chiozza. "I have always wanted to go there. Knowing that they think I could be a big part of their team makes me feel good. Coach (Josh) Pastner tells me that he thinks I could be a good part of their team and that it is a process and to keep working hard. He hasn't offered me yet, but they like my game so maybe this summer they will."

The other in-state school, Tennessee is also putting in a lot of work with Chiozza, and the Volunteers also have his interest.

"I like hearing from Tennessee as well," said Chiozza. "I wouldn't mind staying in Tennessee to go to school and I like Tennessee a lot and it seems like the coaches are good people."

Also Mike Anderson and Arkansas are working hard in the city of Memphis, and they have a connection to Chiozza through a former high school teammate.

"I've been talking to the assistant coach at Arkansas and he is telling me that Mike Anderson really likes my game," Chiozza explained. "He saw me in high school last year when they were recruiting Anthlon Bell. They really want to me to get down there and be on a team with (Bell) again. I really think their style of play fits me on offense and defense as well."

For now Chiozza is taking things slowly, but he does have an idea of what will be important to him when he is looking for a school.

"I pay attention to how the coach talks to me and if I think I could get along with them if I go there," said Chiozza. "Also their style of play is important. Academics are also important and even though I don't know what I want to major in math and science are my two favorite subjects so something in that field like maybe architecture."

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