Monday, November 20, 2017

Ozier Propels Scotland In IMG Victory at National Prep Showcase

During Scotland Campus Sports' signature 82-70 win over No.2 IMG Academy, 6-foot-1 point guard Koreem Ozier pieced together an efficient account of himself.

The Class of 2018 post grad and Racine, WI native scored 26 points, tore down 13 rebounds, and doled out four assists (game-highs in all three categories).

One-time Louisville commit Anfernee Simons paced IMG with 21 points. Simons, a Florida native who decommitted from Louisville following Rick Pitino's firing and the program's involvement in the tumultuous FBI scandal that's hampered the NCAA, is currently 2018 NBA draft eligible.

 With Simons on the post grad team and 7-foot-3 Center Chol Marial on the high school team, IMG boasts two potential preps-to-pros prospects.

Ozier, who scored 1,405 career points at Racine Case (WI) High and averaged 30.4 PPG as a senior, was one of the less acclaimed recruits entering the National Prep Showcase.

With coaches from UConn, Pitt, Louisville, St. John's, Tennessee, Georgia Tech and a bevy of others in attendance for this game alone, Ozier's recruitment should rapidly pick up.

Ozier shot 7-for-12 from the floor and knocked back a scalding 10-for-10 from the free throw line. Chris Whitaker and outside shooting threat Barry Brown scored 15 and 14, respectively. Scotland Campus' Ari Boya, a 7-foot-1 rim protector who committed to Bradley this past summer, added eight points and seven boards.

Ozier said a game of this magnitude in such a reputable tournament elicited a hunger to make statement from his team.

"We had to just play with heart and confidence," Ozier said.

 "Coach (Chris) Chaney expressed that the team which has less turnovers and gives up less easy baskets and wanted it more would be the most successful. We definitely came out with more more intensity."

During his high school career, Ozier authored a memorable 50-point game. Against IMG, he was anything but star struck.

"I just played within the offense but stayed aggressive throughout the whole game and looked for all opportunities to score and find different ways to dissect the defense," said Ozier, who has heard from Grambling and Iona lately.

"(IMG) switched from zone to man back and forth. When they were in zone, we attacked the middle and made outside shots. So, they eventually had to get out of it. When they went man, we moved the ball well and used our bigs to set good ball screens to either stop and pop or find an open teammate or draw a foul."