While Leron Black's injury resulted in Team Thad (Tenn.) being knocked out earlier than expected at the Hoop Group Pittsburgh Jam Fest, it also enabled point guard Chris Chiozza to be the go-to-guy.
Chiozza's stock has been rising quickly over the past few months, with more and more schools getting involved.
“Chris is probably the hottest kid in the nation,” Norton Hurd, Chiozza's AAU coach, said.
Last week, Seton Hall, Miami and Baylor stopped by White Station (Tenn.) to watch Chiozza, and Florida is also involved. Tennessee and Ole Miss checked out Chiozza on Monday, with the Volunteers extending an offer. USC also offered Chiozza on Monday night.
The 5-foot-10 point guard is guaranteed to draw comparisons to Missouri guard Phil Pressey because of his size and style of play. Chiozza is extremely fast with the ball in his hands, running the break as well as any point guard in the country.
“He changes directions; you can't keep him out of the paint,” Hurd said. “He can score, but he doesn't look to score first option.”
Chiozza is a catalyst for Team Thad's fast-paced offense, but he has also improved his ability to consistently knock down shots from the perimeter.
“He's been working on that,” Hurd said. “But he's still a pass-first point guard.”
Chiozza is ranked No. 13 among point guards at 247 Sports.