17U Pitt Hoop Group Jam Fest: Team Thad’s Robinson and Chiozza Steal the Spotlight

2013 UA Pitt Jam Fest
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Ohio State. Georgetown. Wichita State. Illinois. UNLV. All of those colleges, and many more, were in attendance to watch the DC Assault Farrington vs. Team Thad matchup at North Hills.

Many expected to see the usual talent one can find at the Pitt Jam Fest. But what no one saw coming was the performance of Team Thad’s Gavin Robinson, who put on a show for the 50-plus scouts on hand Saturday morning.

“It was exciting,” Robinson said following his breakout performance. “I’m not really known, so I don’t really get a chance to play in front of colleges like this. It was a good experience for me.”

The 6-foot-7 senior out of Mitchell High School has not gotten a lot of Division I attention, only garnering an offer from Georgia State, but put on a scoring display, scoring a team-high 17 points in Team Thad’s victory. For the entire 32-minute period, Robinson displayed toughness in the post, battling for rebounds and buckets, while even showing a bit of a shooting touch by nailing a wide-open three-pointer.

Scouts in attendance also got a taste of what guard Chris Chiozza has to offer. The 5-foot-11 guard was all over the court, scoring 15 points and showing off his ball-handling skills while breaking opponents’ ankles in the process. The junior was able to show off his skills because of two injuries to key players.

“We were missing two of our starters, Riley Norris and Leron Black, both of them are hurt,” Chiozza said. “I felt it was on me, being the point guard, since we don’t have them I have to control the game a lot more than I normally have to. I had to put up more shots because were the main scorers, I had to lead my team on defense and offense and control the tempo.”

Chiozza, who has offers from UMass, Richmond and Murray State, and says Butler, Florida and Kansas showing interest, continued to dominate, leading his team to the Pitt Jam Fest Sweet 16 with a win over The City.

While not playing with two key players would seem to hurt a team, Team Thad has trucked right on, and it’s given two players an opportunity to show what they’re made of. And, as Robinson and Chiozza showed everyone on Saturday, they were more than ready for the spotlight.

@AndrewKoob is a student at Temple University and staff writer for CityofBasketballLove.com, covering Philadelphia-area high school & collegiate basketball.

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