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Chris Chiozza bound for Florida Gators

5′-10″ junior point guard Chris Chiozza has made his college decision, and the White Station (TN) player elected to play college hoops for the Florida Gators. The slight but pure lead guard was sought after by numerous programs before being tendered a scholarship offer from the Gators just weeks ago.

The commitment was reported via Twitter by John Martin of the Memphis Commercial Appeal.

Chiozza is best known to recruiting analysts as the heart and soul of the high-powered Memphis-based Team Thad AAU team from the last two grassroots circuits, pushing the ball at breakneck pace and also distributing the ball in an extremely high-powered offense. Chiozza is a defensive stopper despite his small frame, and can lock down opposing point guards with on the ball pressure.

For Team Thad and White Station, Chiozza has teamed with another high-caliber Gators’ target, 6′-7″ power forward LeRon Black, a former Baylor Bears pledge. Black is a top 20 talent in the junior class nationally, while Chiozza likely ranks in the top 75. Chiozza eschewed his hometown Memphis Tigers, the Ohio State Buckeyes and a slew of other high-caliber programs to go with the Gators.

For the Florida Gators, it remains to be seen what Chiozza’s role will be as a freshman. It’s certainly possible that incoming freshman Kasey Hill will jump to the NBA after his freshman season, so Chiozza could find himself getting key minutes early. On the other hand, if Hill needs additional seasons, Chiozza will have extra time to add strength.

The first pledge for Florida in the 2014 class, Chiozza’s pledge was overshadowed on the same day that Andrew Wiggins announced his college decision, but he is still an important pickup at the key point guard position.

About K.J. Hassenstab

K.J. Hassenstab is the publisher of the College Basketball Newcomers Guide book and Hoopniks.com. He founded Hoopniks.com in 2009, and has contributed to SlamOnline, Dime Magazine's HighSchoolHoop.com, and NBCSports.com, along with other publications in the past. Hassenstab has covered grassroots, high school and basketball recruiting for over a decade. Follow on Twitter, @Hoopniks.

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