Catching Up with Amedeo Della Valle: Committed

By David Sokol on May 1, 2012 at 4:00p
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Della Valle signs his LOI to Ohio State 

As the late signing period began (April 11), most college basketball programs had their 2012 classes filled out and just awaited signed National Letters of Intent from their verbally committed prospects.

However, that was not the case with the Buckeyes, who were without a verbal pledge when the signing period started.

For coach Matta and Ohio State, the first commitment came in later than usual with Italian G Amedeo Della Valle (6-5/180) making the call on April 21 during the football Spring Game after Della Valle visted OSU just days before.

Della Valle blew up during the U-18 European Basketball Championships last year and began hearing from prep schools across the United States before landing at prep school power Findlay near Las Vegas. His college recruitment took off from there.

With Findlay Prep's star studded roster including 5-star Arizona commit Brandon Ashley, 5-star prospect Anthony Bennett (highly considering UK), 5-star San Diego State commit Winston Sheppard, and top-50 Oregon commit Dominic Artis, the national exposure was easy to come by for Della Valle (take a look at Findlay's recruiting class here).

The team appeared many times on national television, ever-increasing his visibility to college coaches. Later, the offers began to accumulate and his interest in and from Ohio State began.

Della Valle is a big combo guard who can handle the ball and can stroke the outside jumper, but he really accelerates at passing. He has the ability to knock down open threes and has the potential to be a major threat for the Buckeyes on the perimeter. He averaged just over 12 points per game and 3 assists while shooting 54% from beyond the arc this season for Findlay.

Findlay Prep coach Michael Peck told 247sports.com:

“He has an unbelievable feel for the game. He knows how to play. He understands spacing and simple concepts. He also plays hard and does a good job of moving the ball. He is a good passer. He doesn’t need to stand there and dribble it."

Eleven Warriors had a chance to speak with Amedeo for an exclusive interview.

Congratulations on your commitment. How does it feel to be a Buckeye?

It feels really great and I am really excited because Ohio State is the perfect place for me. I actually just signed my Letter of Intent yesterday (4/27).

What made you decide on Ohio State over the other schools on your list?

The level of competition at OSU is just the best. The program and my future teammates are definitely great.

What was your favorite part about the Ohio State campus, the school, and Columbus?

I really like the campus a lot, but I most look forward to my relationships with the coaches and the guys on the team. I was able to spend time with Aaron Craft, Evan Ravenel, and Sam Thompson. They are great guys and the real reason why I decided on Ohio State.

Did Sam Thompson have a chance to show you his dunking ability?

Not while I was there, but I have seen all the highlights.

Do you know what you will be majoring in?

Not sure yet, but I will decide when I am there.

What are you summer plans and when do you plan on enrolling at OSU?

I am going to enroll on June 18th when summer school officially starts.

Tell us about you game. Do you model yourself after anyone specific (College, NBA)?

I do not really model myself after anyone. The coaches said to me that we just want you to be you and to play how I have always been playing. They want me to keep dribbling how I dribble and shoot how I have been shooting.

Ohio State is really looking for a sure-fire 3-point shooter, do you want to be that guy?

I definitely want to try to be the 3-point guy but it is not easy to do that and there are really high expectations at Ohio State.

What can you tell us about recruitment? What did you enjoy or not enjoy so much?

I really did not like what some schools had to say because you never know when they are telling the truth or if they can be trusted. I really trust in coach (Chris) Jent and coach (Thad) Matta.

How many offers did you have and who was on your short list?

I had a lot of offers but my short list was Texas A&M, Arizona, Gonzaga and obviously Ohio State.

Coming from Italy, how did you end up at Findlay Prep in Nevada?

After the European Championships, I started getting interest from some schools in the U.S. and Findlay recruited me. It was the best opportunity.

Finally, what do you have to say to Buckeye Nation and what can they expect from Amedeo Della Valle?

They can expect that I will be a great guy and really easy to talk to. I will be the best player I can be and I am looking forward to playing at Ohio State.

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Buckeyebrowny919's picture

He seems short on words and was wondering how his English speaking capabilities were? Either way, i'm excited to see this kid play

To give anything less than your best, is to sacrifice the gift - Steve Prefontaine

buckeyes411's picture

Love the basketball coverage!
He is nearly fluent in English but you can definitely tell it is a second language for him.
You can see a different video interview here and he is short with his answers too.

David Sokol's picture

Yes, that is on-spot. He has very good English for only being in the US for a year.

BUCKfutter's picture

the save he makes at the end of that highlight reel is craft-esque. if he brings it on D, can pass within the offense and (obviously) shoot he will be huge for this team - exactly the player they currently lack

the kids are playing their tail off, and the coaches are screwing it up! - JLS

buckeye76BHop's picture

I like this kid.  Reminds me of the hustle Aaron Craft exhibits...not sure anyone will be as good as Craft in the defensive department for a while if ever.

"There's nothing that cleanses your soul like getting the hell kicked out of you."

"I love football. I think it is most wonderful game in world and I despise to lose."

Woody Hayes 1913 - 1987 

William's picture

He doesn't need to be.... What he does need to do is shoot the 3.

The Real JZ's picture

solid article dave, really enjoying your work. cant wait to see amedeo in action

"Because I couldn't go for three."

BuckeyeNation's picture

If he turns out to be THAT guy... this could be the Bucks new intro song, lol!
 
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bMuDtfxAIKk&feature=related

bassplayer7770's picture

Welcome to Buckeye Nation, Amedeo!

thatlillefty's picture

but is he brining his girlie with him to Cbus?... started following Amedeo on twitter and looks like he found himself a nice blonde