Northridge, Calif. – Ben Vozzola, a talented 6-foot-5, 190-pound player who can play multiple positions on the perimeter, has announced his intentions to transfer to Cal State Northridge and join the Matador basketball program under first-year head coach Reggie Theus.
"At 6-feet-5, Ben is a very multi-faceted player who will probably play three different positions on the team," said Theus. "That makes him very intriguing. The fact that he can play three different positions makes him very versatile for me as a coach. We will be able to use Ben in a lot of different ways. He needs to get stronger but he does add a significant amount of perimeter shooting for us. That is something we need."
Vozzola will begin his tenure at Cal State Northridge in the Fall of 2013.
"I am impressed with the coaching staff led by Reggie Theus," said Vozzola. "I fit in well with Coach Theus' style of play. This will be a good opportunity for me to play at CSUN, and the experience at CSUN will further my future career opportunities."
Vozzola started his collegiate career at USD but redshirted during the 2010-11 season.
The following season (2011-12), Vozzola played in three games and scored five points for the Toreros.
After spending his initial college career at USD, Vozzola played one season (2012-13) at Cowley County Community College in Arkansas City, Kansas, a school located one hour south of Wichita.
Vozzola's game shined during the latter part of the 2012-13 season when he scored in double figures in nine of the last 12 games including a string of seven straight double-digit games. In those last seven games, Vozzola averaged 15.1 ppg, hit .487 (37-for-76) from the floor, and .444 (20-for-45) from behind the circle in helping the Tigers to a 6-1 record to end the regular season. Against Northern Oklahoma College, Vozzola scored 21 points along with eight assists and eight rebounds. Against Independence Community College, Vozzola collected 18 points and added seven assists and six rebounds.
During the 2012-13 season, Vozzola helped the Tigers to a 21-11 record. Vozzola started 22 games. Overall, he averaged 9.5 points, 5.2 assists and 2.5 rebounds per game in helping the Tigers to the semifinals of the of the Kansas regional playoffs.
Vozzola gained several honors at Cowley Community College including being named one of the Top-5 point-guards at the prestigious Jerry Mullens Top-100 Junior College Available Camps in July (2012) in St. Louis, Mo.
Several prominent schools recruited Vozolla including Missouri, Illinois State, Evansville, Wright State, Colorado, Tulsa, and Big West rival Long Beach State.
Vozzola was a McDonald's All-American nominee after a highly successful career at Centennial High School in Las Vegas. During his senior season in 2009-10, Vozzola averaged 21 points, eight rebounds, six assists ad two steals per game while garnering first team All-Region, first team All-State, and first team All-Conference honors.
Vozzola, who earned team MVP accolades during is senior and junior seasons, was named a Pangos All-American High School Top-20 player and voted second team on the prestigious Long Beach Press-Telegram "Best of the West" team. ESPN.com ranked Vozzola the 40th-best shooting guard in the country during his senior campaign. At the Yuma (Arizona) Tournament, Vozzola averaged 32 points, ten rebounds, and eight assists to earn tournament MVP honors.
His talents on the court attracted recruiters from many schools including UCLA, Nevada, Arizona State, Washington State and Utah.
As a junior at Centennial HS, Vozzola averaged 18 points, five rebounds, five assists and two steals while being named first team All-State and first team All-Conference.
Vozzola resides in Las Vegas, Nv.