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Monday / December 4.
  • Chris Chiozza to Florida; Matt Butler to Rhody

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    2014 point guard Chris Chiozza is off the board.

    The 5-foot-11 point guard from Memphis (Tenn.) White Station picked Florida Tuesday.

    “Feels good to be a gator #florida #universityofflorida #chomp,” he Tweeted.

    He also considered Ohio State, Memphis, Tennessee, Auburn, UMass and Richmond.

    “Florida’s always been one of my top three schools since I was a little kid,” Chiozza told recently in Fort Wayne, IN. “I’ve always loved watching them. I’d alsolove to play with Kasey Hill and Chris Walker, if they’re still there. They’re also recruiting my teammate Leron [Black] so that’s a school where we could play together.”

    Chiozza and Black, teammates on the AAU circuit and at Memphis White Station High School, have discussed that possibility, meaning Black might now consider Florida.

    The 6-7 Black listed Florida, Illinois, N.C. State, Ohio State and UConn as the other schools coming after him the hardest.

    “We haven’t said for sure if we’re going to go to the same school,” Chiozza said. “We’ve said we want to play with each other. If we don’t, we’re still going to be like brothers—we’ve known each other since we were little.”


    Matt Butler, a 6-3 shooting guard from Memphis East, signed with Rhode Island and head coach Dan Hurley.

    “Matt is a sharp-shooter, no question,” East coach Vernard Watkins told the Providence Journal. “Matt and his mother are real impressed with Coach Hurley and the structure in the program. he was always looking for the right fit. Matt is a good student and a disciplined kid with great character.”

    Butler joins E.C. Matthews of Detroit and Hassan Martin of Staten Island in Rhody’s recruiting class.

    The Journal reported that Rhody remains involved with Chicago power forward Alex Foster, who visits this week.


    Texas A&M reportedly got a commitment from 6-10 Dylan Johns of the Houston (TX) Trent International School….Seton Hall point guard Tom Maayan is reportedly back in Israel doing his obligatory military service and may not return to the Pirates.


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    Adam Zagoria is a Basketball Insider who covers basketball at all levels. A contributor to The New York Times and SportsNet New York (SNY), he is also the author of two books and is an award-winning journalist and filmmaker. His articles have appeared in ESPN The Magazine, SLAM, Sheridan Hoops, Basketball Times and in newspapers nationwide. He also won an Emmy award for his work on the SNY mini-documentary on Syracuse guard Tyus Battle. A veteran Ultimate Frisbee player, he has competed in numerous National and World Championships and, perhaps more importantly, his teams won the Westchester Summer League (WSL) championships in 2011 and 2013. He lives in Manhattan with his wife and children.

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