Point guard commits to UF for 2014
Published: Tuesday, May 14, 2013 at 10:00 p.m.
Last Modified: Tuesday, May 14, 2013 at 10:24 p.m.
Florida landed its first verbal commitment of the 2014 class.
No surprise, it's a point guard.
Chris Chiozza, a 5-foot-9, 160-pound point guard from Memphis, Tenn., gave his verbal pledge to the Gators on Tuesday night.
Rivals.com rates Chiozza as a four-star prospect and the 90th best overall prospect in the Class of 2014. At a recent grassroots basketball event in Fort Wayne, Chiozza opened eyes with a triple-double, posting 17 points, 10 rebounds and 10 assists to lead his Memphis-based travel team, Team Thad, to the victory. He's considered to be quick with the ball in his hands and an above-average defender.
ESPN.com recruiting analyst Dave Telep said that what Chiozza lacks in size he makes up for in heart.
“When you are 5-foot-10, you have to be special to play at the high-major Division I level,” Telep said. “He's a fearless player. Defensively, he's a pest. He latches on to you. Offensively, he's improved to where he's a reliable scorer. I don't think he's going to be as successful driving the ball to the basket as a college player but he's gotten to the point where he can knock down open shots.”
Chiozza chose Florida over Ohio State, Memphis, Ole Miss, Murray State and Butler.
Florida's depth at point guard took a hit when Braxton Ogbueze announced last week he was transferring (Ogbueze has landed at UNC Charlotte). In addition, combo guard Scottie Wilbekin will be graduating after next season. That should open up immediate time for Chiozza to play behind point guard Kasey Hill, if Hill returns for his sophomore season.