Monday, September 4, 2017

Leadership Role Means More of the same for Ozier at SCS

Whether it’s a pull-up, an end-to-end rim run, a thorough move through traffic, or a hard surge to the rim, Koreem Ozier is a constantly a threat to score the ball. Scoring is a concept he capitalized on heavily throughout his career at Racine Case H.S. (WI), where the 6-foot-1 guard scored 1,405 points.

Ozier shouldered a bulk of the scoring load his final two years, scoring 1,311 since flushed into a significant starter’s role as a junior. He scored 50 points, grabbed 11 boards, and handed out seven assists (in three quarters) against Kenosha Tremper, a performance that reverberated throughout the state. Ozier authored countless offensive onslaughts, averaging 30.4 points en route to All-Racine County Player of the Year honors.

Now at Scotland Campus Sports (Pa.), a program that’s spent the summer aggressively bringing in an infusion of talent for a tough national schedule, Ozier will play a prominent role. After shouldering the score-first mentality for much of the last two seasons, he’ll adjust to a facilitating and scoring role.

 He’ll have the opportunity to operate the offense or play off the ball. Ozier will also have around the clock access to the on-campus gym, an opportunity the known gym rat will relish. Certainly an ideal situation for a kid who has spent much of his formative years launching up shot after shot, a kid who isn’t likely to leave the gym unless he’s forced out.

A product of Racine, Ozier has been mentored by one of the gritty city’s favorite sons: former UConn great and longtime NBA star Caron Butler. Butler has been instrumental in cultivating Ozier’s talent both on the AAU circuit and in intensified workouts.

 Like Butler before him, Ozier has the responsibility of carrying a torch proudly for Racine and keeping the area’s potent hoops tradition intact. Already a role model for his younger brothers and many younger players throughout the city, shouldering the weight of leader is nothing new for Ozier.

 Ozier, who has Division-I interest from the likes of Creighton, New Mexico, and Ball State, will maximize his exposure by playing on the Grind Session.

He’ll also devote his time in the distractions free, secluded environment in Scotland, Pa., to his academics. Having improved dramatically in that department the past year, Ozier is confident he’ll register as a qualifier after this season.

On the court, Ozier’s game is in alignment with the style SCS head coach Chris Chaney is known to preach.

There will be emphasis on playing a disciplined, hurry-up style. With quick hands and blurring quickness in the open court, Ozier can create turnovers into buckets effectively.

 Rebounding the ball well above expected for a 6-foot-1 guard, he can ignite the offense fresh off a defensive board and advance the ball down court, an aspect that keeps defenses off balance.