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Ozzie Cox Signs National Letter of Intent to Play Basketball at FGCU
FORT MYERS, FL - Florida Gulf Coast University head men’s basketball coach Dave Balza announced that he has received a signed National Letter of Intent from Ozzie Cox today, the first day of the spring signing period. Cox, a 6’2, 170-pound guard, is a senior at Monsignor Pace High School in Miami, where he played for Coach Mark Lieberman.
This past season, Cox led his Pace team to a 25-10 record and a regional runner-up finish. Cox averaged 18.5 points, 4.5 rebounds, 5.0 assists and 3.5 steals on his way to being named Second Team All-State and First Team All-Dade County.
Cox is no stranger to winning. As a freshman, he was brought up to the varsity late in the year and was on the bench for Pace’s 1999 state championship. Although his bid to return to the state championship fell short, Cox-led teams went on to post an impressive 79-23 record over the next three seasons, making three regional appearances. Cox scored over 1,200 points and tallied over 200 steals in those three years. Cox won numerous awards over the course of his career, including being named to the Mt. Dora Classic All-Tournament team as a sophomore, the Junior Orange Bowl All-Tournament team as a junior, Dade County All-Star as a senior, and was also an honorable mention All-County defensive back in football as a senior, leading the area in what else - interceptions.
The impressive number of steals that Cox accumulated are indicative of the type of defender that he is. It was this stellar defense that attracted the FGCU coaching staff to him. “The first thing that you notice about Ozzie is his defensive intensity,” stated Coach Balza. “He is a tremendous on-ball defender and a great anticipator off the ball. More importantly, though, he is a terrific individual with a great personality. He’s all about team, and that comes out when you watch him.”
Cox is expected to make an immediate impact at FGCU. As a result of his versatility, he is expected to see minutes at both of the guard spots as well as small forward. FGCU will open its first season of competition this fall, beginning with a tip-off tournament on Nov. 22-23.