Posted On: 10/11/18 12:11 PM

Last season, Panorama won just six games, this season, with it’s four best scorers returning — including sophomore guard Zach Rizzuti — you can expect that win total to dramatically increase.  

A 6-foot-1 combo-guard, Rizzuti is a guy that had a breakout season last winter as a freshman, and will be the cornerstone of the Panthers for the next three seasons.

“I really like to shoot the 3, and I really like to attack with my left come off a pick and roll,” said Rizzuti. “I’m a pass-first guy too, so I really like to look for my teammates more, bit I like to get my shot as well.”

The budding star played with All Iowa Attack 15U this past spring and summer, one of the state’s most talented grassroots teams. He also worked out on his own when he could.

“I’ve been busy with basketball this offseason, in addition to football and studying. I like to get into gym when I can,” said Rizzuti. “I’ve been working out and trying to get up as many shots as I can.”

Rizzuti is currently approaching the finish of his football season. But he’s got his sophomore hoops season that will be starting in one month.

He’s hoping to expand on a freshman season in which he averaged 10.2 points and 4.5 rebounds per game.

“My freshman season I really didn’t get much playing time until about halfway through the season, and I ended up making an impact for my team,” said Rizzuti.

“This year, we’re going to be pretty good I think, we’ve been really working on our team chemistry the last couple of months. I’m really excited for my upcoming sophomore year.”

His goals for the next 12 months?

“I hope to see myself get a lot better and get my shots to go in,” said Rizzuti. “And get to a point where college coaches are looking at me.”

Zach Rizzuti is ranked by Prep Hoops as a top 30 prospect in his class. To see the full ranking of Iowa’s 2021 class, click here.