Chris Chiozza

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Chris Chiozza
Chris Chiozza.jpg
Chiozza playing for Florida
No. 2 – Houston Rockets
PositionPoint guard
LeagueNBA
Personal information
Born (1995-11-25) November 25, 1995 (age 23)
Memphis, Tennessee
NationalityAmerican
Listed height6 ft 0 in (1.83 m)
Listed weight175 lb (79 kg)
Career information
High schoolWhite Station
(Memphis, Tennessee)
CollegeFlorida (2014–2018)
NBA draft2018 / Undrafted
Playing career2018–present
Career history
2018–2019Capital City Go-Go
2019Rio Grande Valley Vipers
2019–presentHouston Rockets
Career highlights and awards
  • First-team All-SEC (2018)
Stats at NBA.com
Stats at Basketball-Reference.com

Christopher Xavier Chiozza (born November 25, 1995) is an American professional basketball player for the Houston Rockets of the National Basketball Association (NBA). He played college basketball for Florida.

High school career[edit]

Chiozza attended White Station High School, where he was coached by Jesus Patino.[1] He also played on the Team Thad AAU team. As a junior, in the wake of his grandmother's death, he posted averages of 27 points, seven assists and seven steals in an important Pittsburgh tournament and began to get major college looks.[2] He averaged 15 points and eight assists per game as a senior. Chiozza was ranked No. 45 in his class by Rivals.com and received scholarship offers from Auburn, UMass, Memphis, Ohio State, Richmond and Tennessee before committing to Florida.[3]

College career[edit]

Chiozza hit a 3-pointer at the buzzer to defeat Wisconsin and send Florida to an 84-83 overtime victory and the Elite Eight of the 2017 NCAA Tournament. He was thinking of passing but ended up taking the winning shot.[4] As a junior he averaged 7.2 points, 3.8 assists and 3.3 rebounds per game.[5]

Chiozza became a starter as a senior and led the SEC with a 3.22 assist-to-turnover ratio. He had a last-second steal and layup to beat Missouri on January 6, 2018.[2] On March 3, he broke Erving Walker's Florida assists record. On the season he averaged 11.1 points, 6.1 assists and 4.6 rebounds per game.[6] At the conclusion of the regular season he was named to the First Team All-SEC.[7] After the season he was invited to the 2018 Portsmouth Invitational Tournament.[8]

Professional career[edit]

Capital City Go-Go (2018–2019)[edit]

After going undrafted in the 2018 NBA draft, Chiozza joined the Washington Wizards for the 2018 NBA Summer League. Chiozza would eventually join the Wizards for training camp.[9] He was waived by the Wizards on October 14, 2018,[10] He was added to the team's NBA G League affiliate, the Capital City Go-Go.[11]

Houston Rockets (2019–present)[edit]

On February 22, 2019, Chiozza signed a 10-day contract with the Houston Rockets.[12] He did not appear in any games, but he subsequently played for the Rockets’ G League affiliate, the Rio Grande Valley Vipers.

On March 22, Chiozza signed a contract for the remainder of the 2018–19 season.[13] He played his first NBA game on March 24, seeing 5 minutes of action in a 113-90 blowout win against the New Orleans Pelicans.[14]

Career statistics[edit]

Legend
  GP Games played   GS  Games started  MPG  Minutes per game
 FG%  Field goal percentage  3P%  3-point field goal percentage  FT%  Free throw percentage
 RPG  Rebounds per game  APG  Assists per game  SPG  Steals per game
 BPG  Blocks per game  PPG  Points per game  Bold  Career high

NBA[edit]

Regular season[edit]

Year Team GP GS MPG FG% 3P% FT% RPG APG SPG BPG PPG
2018–19 Houston 7 0 4.7 .250 .400 - .6 .6 .1 .1 0.9
Career 7 0 4.7 .250 .400 - .6 .6 .1 .1 0.9

International career[edit]

On February 12, 2019, it was announced that Chiozza was included in FIBA Basketball World Cup qualifying training camp roster for Team USA by the USA Basketball.[15]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Griffin, Jamie (June 8, 2016). "Jesus Patino: 11 Years of Success at White Station HS". Memphis Flyer. Retrieved April 20, 2018.
  2. ^ a b Low, Chis (February 14, 2018). "The story behind Chris Chiozza's favorite tattoo". ESPN. Retrieved April 20, 2018.
  3. ^ Hernandez, Erica (October 22, 2014). "Six questions with Florida freshman Chris Chiozza". The Independent Florida Alligator. Retrieved April 20, 2018.
  4. ^ "Chris Chiozza's 3-pointer at buzzer sends Florida to Elite Eight". ESPN. Associated Press. March 25, 2017. Retrieved April 20, 2018.
  5. ^ Thompson, Edgar (November 3, 2017). "UF point guard Chris Chiozza out 7-10 days with shoulder injury". Orlando Sentinel. Retrieved April 20, 2018.
  6. ^ "Chris Chiozza breaks Florida's all-time assists record in first half Saturday vs. Kentucky". Palm Beach Post. March 3, 2018. Archived from the original on April 21, 2018. Retrieved April 20, 2018.
  7. ^ "2018 SEC Men's Basketball Awards announced" (Press release). Southeastern Conference. March 6, 2018. Retrieved March 6, 2018.
  8. ^ "Former Wyoming forward Hayden Dalton receives Portsmouth Invitational Tournament invite". Casper Star-Tribune. April 2, 2018. Retrieved April 17, 2018.
  9. ^ "Wizards announce 2018 Training Camp roster and schedule". NBA.com. September 20, 2018. Retrieved September 20, 2018.
  10. ^ "Wizards waive four players". NBA.com. October 14, 2018. Retrieved October 14, 2018.
  11. ^ Raim, Jacob (October 21, 2018). "Go-Go Announce Training Camp Dates and Roster". NBA.com. Retrieved October 21, 2018.
  12. ^ "Rockets Sign Two Players". NBA.com. February 22, 2019. Retrieved February 22, 2019.
  13. ^ Noll, Hunter (March 22, 2019). "REPORT: Rockets To Sign Backup Point Guard For Remainder of Season". ClutchPoints. Retrieved March 22, 2019.
  14. ^ "Rockets vs. Pelicans - Box Score - March 24, 2019 - ESPN". ESPN.com. Retrieved March 25, 2019.
  15. ^ Capital City Go-Go (February 12, 2019). "CHRIS CHIOZZA TO PLAY FOR TEAM USA FIBA WORLD CUP QUALIFYING TEAM". NBA.com. Retrieved February 12, 2019.CS1 maint: Uses authors parameter (link)

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