Della Valle Makes it Official
Italian Guard Signs with Buckeyes
By Brandon Castel
COLUMBUS, Ohio — Amedeo Della Valle may have committed to play basketball at Ohio State more than a week ago, but the Buckeyes received his all-important signature on Monday.
Ohio State head coach Thad Matta announced that Della Valle, a 6-4 guard out of Italy, had officially faxed his NCAA National Letter of Intent to play men's basketball for the Buckeyes starting in 2012.
Della Valle (pronounced Del-la Val-lay) will begin summer school classes in Columbus June 18, and will have four years of eligibility beginning with the upcoming 2012-13 season.
Originally from Italy, the combo guard spent this past season playing at Findlay Prep High School in Henderson, Nev. It is the same school that produced NBA players like Tristan Thompson and Avery Bradley.
“Amedeo has experience at the highest levels of international competition and at the U.S. high school level at Findlay Prep,” Matta said Monday.
“He has a great feel for the game, is a proven scorer and excels at fundamental team basketball. We look forward to having Amedeo on campus this summer as we prepare for the 2012-13 season.”
Getting Della Valle in for the summer is critical for Matta and the Buckeyes, who must begin to overall an offense that will be without Jared Sullinger and William Buford next season.
The Buckeyes also lost reserves Jordan Sibert and J.D. Weatherspoon off their Final Four team from this past season, and the addition of Della Valle will help to provide much-needed depth in the backcourt.
Though he played a lot with the ball in his hands at Findlay Prep, Della Valle is a dangerous scorer who could provide Ohio State with the outside shooting it lacked in the absence of Jon Diebler a year ago.
A native if Alba, Italy, he helped Findlay Prep to a 29-1 record this past season, and the third NHSI Championship in four seasons. Della Valle averaged 12.2 points and 3.0 assists, while shooting 54 percent from beyond the arc for the Pilots, who were ranked No. 7 nationally in 2011-12.
While playing for Italy in the 2011 U18 European Championship in Wroclaw, Poland, Della Valle led Italy (4-5) in scoring with 15.1 points per game. He also averaged 3.0 rebounds and 2.1 assists while shooting 50 percent from 3-point range (8-16) and 54 percent overall (39-72).
Della Valle becomes the 11th member of Ohio State’s 2012-13 roster, and the 10th scholarship player for OSU head coach Thad Matta. If he can shoot the ball from long range, he has a legitimate chance of cracking into Matta’s backcourt rotation.
Right now it consists of only Aaron Craft, Lenzelle Smith, Jr. and Shannon Scott.
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