THURSDAY, APRIL 23, 2009
Jacksonville-native Chris Rozier signs with JU
Chris Rozier, an all-star player at Wolfson High School, has signed to join the JU men’s basketball program for the 2009-10 season.
Rozier’s arrival to the program marks the first Jacksonville-area high school signee since Micah Ross in 1994. He joins a cast of JU legends from Jacksonville to stay at home for college, including the likes of James Ray, Otis Smith and Ross.
“We welcome Chris to our program,” said JU head coach Cliff Warren. “Chris potentially could play a number of positions due to his versatility. One of Chris’s strengths is his rebounding ability and we were looking for somebody who is going to be active on the glass.”
Rozier finished a stellar three-year career at Wolfson as the sixth all-time leading scorer in school history with 1,323 points – leading the Wolfpack to a 74-16 record during his career and a berth in the regionals all three years.
His senior season was legendary as well. En route to averaging 20 points and eight rebounds, he led Wolfson to a 25-4 record and a No. 2 ranking in the state – including a school-record tying 42 points against Terry Parker. Following the season, he was named all-Gateway Conference as well as first team all-city.
“I’ve seen Chris grow a lot and become a good basketball player,” said Wolfson head coach Bruce Rosebrock. “He has the ability to score down low in the post, step out and knock down the three, as well as hitting a 15-foot jumper. He’s not a one-dimensional player and is very versatile.
“While he’s good basketball player, he has a great personality and is a hard worker. His parents did a great job in raising him and JU is going to love him. Hopefully with his signing its shows that its cool to stay home and play at JU, returning the program to where it belongs.”
Over the summer, Rozier has been a star for the Jacksonville-Lee Bulls under head coach David Jones. This past year, he was second on the team in scoring with 15.9 points per game to go along with 7.3 rebounds and 1.0 blocks per game.
“Chris is a great kid,” Jones said. “Chris has been in our program since the ninth grade and is one of the most honored kids I’ve coached. He is a hard worker, who made the most of his opportunities to travel in big-time tournaments over the summer and perform for college coaches in the summer months. He is gives JU another long, athletic, lanky guy that can get up and down the court and knock down some open shots.”
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