Tyler Simpson | Lead Writer
Koreem Ozier is no stranger to the art of what some would call, getting buckets. Ozier, a 6’0” guard from Racine Case high school in Wisconsin is a prolific scoring guard who can get to the bucket with ease but also hit shots from outside. Ozier has been scoring in bunches all season long while currently averaging 32 points per game in the state of Wisconsin which is good enough for number one in his division.
Ozier has quite an accomplishment to add to his already impressive resume this season. Ozier scored in bunches in a game against Kenosha Tremper weeks ago in which he scored 50 points, a new career high with a previous career high of 38. Ozier outscored the entire Kenosha Tremper team 50-47. Impressive nonetheless, “I outscored the entire team, but I missed my first shot of the game and then rattled off 7 in a row after that.” Ozier said. “None of my teammates thought anything of it, because they’ve seen this before in practice.” Ozier preached that his teammates kept finding him for easy and open looks that led to more points coming in bunches. This scoring outbreak isn’t new to anyone that’s watched him before.
“At halftime I had 30 points, so when I came back out I stayed aggressive but also continued to find my teammates.” Ozier finished the game against Kenosha Tremper with 8 assists, 11 rebounds, and 5 three’s. His aggressiveness paid off as he got to the free throw line 17 times to finish with an amazing 16/17 from the line.
Ozier has received interest from a handful of Division One schools and a handful of the top junior college programs in the country. When asked who had been in contact with him, Ozier said “Ball State, Western Illinois, New Mexico, Florida A&M, and Wisconsin recently reached out to me.” Ozier said he needs to study hard and improve his test scores before they offer him, which he said he’s capable of doing. Ozier was asked about what he wanted to improve on before he reached the next level, “Being equally effective with my left as I am with my right, and outside shooting because you can never have too much range.” With Stephen Curry sort of revolutionizing the three point shot these past couple of seasons, adding range to the arsenal is a must.
Ozier, a Top Rank Showcase Kansas City alum, made the top 40 game and played against some of the best competition Kansas City has to offer at the event that was on display in October. “It was great competition, playing against kids I had heard about but never got to compete against them. I didn’t play my best, in my opinion it was just an off day, plus the ten hour drive to get there. I definitely got better basketball knowledge and more exposure.” Ozier responded when asked about the competition at the Top Rank Showcase event in Kansas City.
Winning conference and then making a deep state tournament run are the goals Koreem Ozier wants to accomplish this high school season before heading off to the next level. While Ozier stays as no stranger to the art of getting buckets, it will be interesting to see if he keeps up his prolific scoring throughout the rest of the season and then accomplishes the goals he has set.
Tyler Simpson | Editor