The list of things that Athens Academy junior Deion Colzie can’t do athletically is shrinking exponentially with every passing season.
Colzie has already to Notre Dame to play college football following next football season. For the gridiron Spartans Colzie rarely comes off the field as he both plays wide receiver and corner back.
In the spring months Colzie is a key cog in the school’s track team. Colzie holds the school record in the high jump. Friday night, Colzie placed a marker on his importance to the basketball Spartans as he put in a high school scoring high 32 points and a game-winning tip in that helped the Spartans defeat Commerce High School.
His performance on Friday has made Colzie this week’s Oconee Physical Therapy & Sports Rehabilitation/Oconee Enterprise Athlete of the Week.
Going into the 2019-2020 basketball season Colzie knew he’d have more responsibility for the Spartans due to the graduation of Lawrence Jang, Barrett McClanahan and Matthew Marvel who were the leading scorers last season.
“I was a starter then, but I really didn’t have to do too much,” Colzie said. “I knew coming in this year that I was going to have to be a big factor. I had the mentality that I had to be the guy on the team. I felt like in the big moments I had to lead the way.”
Football is Colzie’s first love. He picked up the game when he was 4-years-old. Colzie picked up basketball a little later as a fifth grader. Colzie played on the AAU circuits until his freshman year at Athens Academy.
Outside of the two or three months of the basketball season, Colzie admits he doesn’t practice the sport as much as he does for football.
“I love football the most and I’ve been playing it since I was four,” Colzie said. “I picked up the basketball in about the fifth grade. There’s a big difference in what I wanted to do. I feel like I fell in love with football.”
Though Colzie’s basketball days will end at the end of this season, as he plans on enrolling early at Notre Dame in the spring of next year, the high school basketball experience is something Colzie will cherish.
“I will remember the brotherhood and just hanging out with the guys,” Colzie said. “It’s a different group of people than just the football players. I’ve been around the football players a bunch. Some of these guys are strictly basketball. It’s fun having a diverse group of people that I get to talk to and build a friendship with.”