Zach Chionuma commits to BU 

August, 10, 2010
Zach Chionuma, a 6-foot-4 combo guard from Marianapolis Prep in Thompson, Conn., committed to Boston University on Saturday afternoon.

The native of Dewitt, N.Y., previously attended Jamesville Dewitt High School before transferring to Marianapolis midway through his junior year, where he was named honorable mention All Class B in the NEPSAC.

While Chionuma continued to make a name for himself during the spring AAU season, he was definitely one of the winners of the recent July live period as he came into the month without any Division I offers and left with several, from leagues as high as the CAA.

"I told him to visit as many schools as possible to ensure he had a solid base for his decision," Metro Boston director Mauricio Vasquez said.

Following his coach's advice, Chionuma scheduled five unofficial visits for the first two weeks of August. He took his first two trips on Saturday, the first of which was to Boston University's campus. By the end of the day the final three visits had been cancelled and Chionuma had made a verbal commitment to Terriers' coach Pat Chambers.

"It was the perfect fit both academically and athletically," said Chionuma. "The program is on the rise basketball wise and the school's academics speak for themselves."

Style of play also proved to be a factor in B.U.'s favor as Chionuma considered himself to be a good fit in the four-out, one-in offense that Chambers brought with him from his days as an assistant at Villanova.

"I liked how they play with four guards who can create for themselves," he said, "and thought I would fit in real well."

The style of play does appear to be a good fit for Chionuma because he is a scoring guard with the size and skills to offer great versatility on the perimeter. He makes plays going to the rim, has a go-to weapon with his pull-up jumper and can also knock down open 3s.

He was also influenced by the immediate connection he felt to the coaching staff.

And while Chionuma may not have taken all of the visits that he initially intended, Vasquez was also comfortable with his guard's decision.

"It's a great academic school and his gut said it was the right school for him," Vasquez said. "I wish him the best as I do with all of my guys."