If one didn’t have a chance to watch 2021 6’4 Angelo Brizzi from Highland high school in Virginia, make sure you get to the courts when we all can to watch him. He brings flash, flare, and a skill set that you don’t always see in point guards, on top of his ability to score the ball really well.
Brizzi excels in the open court, pushing the pace and putting the pressure on defenses. Whether it is scoring the ball of finding teammates, he showed it all this past season when he averaged 20.3 points, 6.6 assists, and 4.2 rebounds per game. He was the catalyst for the Hawks this season, who averaged 78 points per game.
This past season, it was a season to remember at Highland. It was one of the program’s best seasons that just came up short in the playoffs but they finished with a 28-3 overall record.
Brizzi was able to put it all on display though, something he really wanted to show both on and off the court.
“Personally, I think I showed the ability to be an outstanding leader and keep everyone together,” he told Phenom Hoops. “We faced a ton of challenges all throughout the season but as the point guard, I had to make sure I kept everyone together.”
With what he showed though, schools were starting to come his way and he may have received his biggest offer yet from Villanova on Wednesday night, a program that has been on him for a little time now.
“Talking with Coach Wright was great and we talked about Colin Gillespie and other great guards that have come through their program and what things would be like if I go there,” Brizzi said when he received the offer. “They said that they loved my skillset and competitiveness. They have a great history with point guards, which is very intriguing to someone like me.”
Nova now joins programs like UNCW and Bucknell that have recently offered, along with Dartmouth, Yale, Furman, Old Dominion, George Washington, and others.
All the schools have been staying in frequent touch with Brizzi and they all seem to have something special that they could offer him at the next level but the junior guard is just taking his time in learning what all the schools have to offer.
He was able to visit Dartmouth, Yale, Furman, Old Dominion, George Washington before the pandemic and is hoping to visit schools like Villanova, Belmont, Davidson, and Valparaiso down the road.
Nova comes in as his biggest offer currently on the table but other schools are continuing to keep tabs on him.
“North Carolina, Virginia, Iona, Colorado, Georgetown, Marquette, Penn, Belmont, Davidson, Valparaiso, and BYU,” Brizzi said.
The coaching staff at North Carolina have been in touch with Brizzi in the past and they check in from time to time, just keeping an eye on him. Virginia’s Coach Getter has been in touch with him a lot, saying that he is on their list of players to watch down the road when they have a chance.
Michigan, Georgetown, Marquette… all are keeping tabs on Brizzi as well.
“A lot of the same stuff with all of them, they were all hoping to see me this spring and summer but since that is on hold now, they are staying in touch so that I know they are still interested,” he said.
If the summer would have continued on schedule, Brizzi would of undoubtedly been a hot target for college schools but some schools aren’t waiting to pull the trigger with an offer but others could be looming for the Virginia prospect.