2021 Angelo Brizzi In the Midst of Proverbial Blow-Up, Provides Insight on Game and Updates Recruitment
Highland High School (VA) guard Angelo Brizzi is one of the fastest rising prospects in America after a standout junior campaign where he averaged nearly 21 points, 7 assists and 6 rebounds per game on a state semi-finalist team.
“The strongest part of my game is my shooting ability. Being able to knock down shots off the dribble and the catch, and being able to do it with range opens up a lot of things for my game in terms of playmaking and facilitating. I also do the dirty things, taking charges and diving on the floor and things like that.”
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Angelo is a shotmaking lead-guard with an outstanding pull-up game and good vision that sets the table for others to get easy buckets.
That skillset ushered in his rise to national prominence on the recruiting trail, landing offers from the likes of Villanova, Georgetown, Cal, Colorado, Virginia Tech, LSU, Iona and Michigan among others since April 1st. Brizzi is also hearing from several other heavy-hitters and may soon be adding to an offer list that hovers around 30.
“I’m also hearing from Princeton, Marquette, North Carolina, Iowa State, West Virginia, Northwestern and Virginia.”
The global health crisis has precluded on-campus visits, but the junior floor general has been active recently in conducting virtual meetings with Virginia Tech, Villanova, Colorado, Michigan and Georgetown.
“I have another zoom/virtual meeting scheduled with Michigan this week and I’m setting up meetings with Northwestern and hopefully Iowa State.”
Having stepped in with an offer earlier less than 2 weeks ago, Michigan is a program that is very familiar with Angelo thanks to assistant coach Phil Martelli.
“My Dad has been in contact with Coach Martelli since he was with Saint Joe’s. I started speaking with Coach Howard recently and had a Zoom call with the full staff a few days ago. We have a strong relationship with Michigan.”
Brizzi has no leaders at the moment and says all schools involved are making him a priority. With an initial timeline of August to cut his list, the Corona pandemic has forced Angelo to be more fluid and deliberate with his recruitment.
“I’ve had to adjust my timeline, my goal is the Fall, but I have to be more flexible with what’s going on.”
The timing may be a altered a bit, but the selection criteria remains focused the same.
“Of course the basketball fit on the court. I want a great program with a good culture and a connection with the coaching staff. But academics are also big, I want a good degree that sets me up for my future.”