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Posted On: 12/19/17 2:27 PM
Juan Diego’s 6-foot-2 guard Matt Kitzman is seeing some college interest trickle in, and has a pretty good idea of the type of school he’d like to attend.
We recently caught up the talented guard — Utah’s 36th-ranked 2018 — and he laid out his current recruiting landscape for us.
“I’ve been talking to a couple D3 schools and NAIAs, just kind of getting some information from them and seeing how my season progresses, and if any other schools get into the mix,” said Kitzman.
“I’m trying to find a school that has really good academics and a good basketball program, and that has a community atmosphere.”
He added: “For D3s, I’m talking to George Fox (OR) and Hobart College (NY), and then Muhlenberg (PA) And for NAIA, I’m talking to Westmont College (CA), and there’ a couple others.”
A guard with some decent size, Kitzman has recently made the transition to primary point guard, and mentioned his skill set — strengths and weaknesses — to PHUT.
“For my first three years, I played more on the wing. And then this year, I’ve transitioned into more of a point guard and being a ball-handler. I just like to get my teammates involved and be a team-oriented player and win,” said Kitzman.
“My biggest strength is my basketball IQ, and I think I shoot the ball pretty well. I’d probably say I need to work on my ball-handling most, just getting that shored up a little bit more. And then strength, quickness, stuff like that.”
For Juan Diego this season, Kitzman is off to a good start, averaging 14 points, four assists, three rebounds through the first six games.
“We’re 4-2 to start the season, and it’s been a good start so far. We have a lot of guys who never really had a lot of varsity experience, and they keep getting better every game,” said Kitzman.
“Me, personally, I think I’ve been doing good. I think I’ve been scoring the ball pretty well, getting others involved. One thing I need to work on is cutting down on my teammates.”
He added: “And I’m learning to be a better leader now that I’m a senior, just learning to be more vocal.”