Kevin Kozan, Providence. | Joseph P. Meier~Sun Times Media
Updated: January 13, 2013 6:19AM
Kevin Kozan, a senior point guard at Providence, is considered one of the top players in the area and consistently leads the Celtics in scoring with close to 20 points per game (17.4).
He’s regarded as one of the area’s top three-point threats, routinely launching shots well beyond the arc.
A Plainfield resident, Kozan also is averaging 2.6 assists per game.
As Providence dives into conference play in the tough Catholic South, Kozan isn’t letting the pressure of being one of the area’s best players get to him.
How do you handle a lot of the attention you receive?
I never go out there and think I’m better than everyone else. I just go out there and play. My teammates help me a lot and get me open and I give credit to all of them and my coach (Tim Trendel).
Is there a team that makes you a little more nervous than others?
There are definitely teams that make me more nervous like Seton or De La Salle and St. Joseph. Those guys are top 25 caliber teams in the state and we have to do more scouting with them. If we beat those teams, people will notice more and if we lose, they think, “Oh, they were supposed to lose.”
When did you decide you wanted to pursue basketball at the next level?
Probably my sophomore year. And my junior year everything just kept coming together and I really wanted to keep playing basketball and I realized I didn’t want to stop. I just don’t know where I’m going to college yet.
Do you have any advice for an eighth-grader or freshman on the attention you get being an athlete in this area?
Don’t let it get to your head and stay levelheaded and keep working hard.
What’s the worst part about recruiting?
The weird questions from coaches. Sometimes they ask nonsense questions and you just don’t know what to say.
As told to Tina Akouris