The search for an instant-impact junior college player continues for UE’s men’s basketball staff.
Ben Vozzola, a 6-foot-5 sophomore from Cowley County (Kansas) Community College, announced via Twitter on Saturday that he’s committed to play for Big West Conference member Cal State Northridge.
The Las Vegas native Vozzola visited UE recently and was “seriously considering” the Aces, according to his former junior college coach, along with Wright State and new Division I program Grand Canyon University.
Rivals.com listed a scholarship offer from UE on Vozzola’s profile page. He averaged 9.4 points and hit 39.1 percent of his 3-pointers last season at Cowley, improving down the stretch to tally 14.1 points a contest in the Tigers’ last seven games.
Vozzola came out of high school as a high-major prospect. He spent a season at San Diego before transferring to Cowley. At Cal State Northridge, he’ll play for recently hired coach Reggie Theus, a former NBA player and assistant.
The current signing period runs through May 15, and Aces coaches are actively recruiting a handful of other prospects to fill two open scholarships.
Three other players — Castle High School forward Blake Simmons, Fishers High School guard Jaylon Brown and Villa Angela-St. Joseph’s guard Duane Gibson — signed with UE in November and enter this fall as freshmen.
Cal State Northridge is recruiting another UE prospect, The Miller (Va.) School’s Travis Hester, and offered the 6-foot-4 guard a scholarship this past week. Hester visited UE last weekend, same as Vozzola.