Amedeo Della Valle Leads Italy to the Gold

By Vico on July 21, 2013 at 4:28p

Italy celebrates its FIBA Euro U20 gold medal

Della Valle's wild stay in Estonia concluded with a thrilling 67-60 win over Latvia in the FIBA U20 European Championship. Della Valle had a team-high 19 points, including 13 in the final five minutes of play. His leadership for the Azzurri even led to the Buckeye basketball player being named Most Valuable Player of the tournament.

Italy came back from their worse twenty minutes in the tournament and fought off Latvia and a raucous 6,800-strong crowd to conquer gold at the Sportland U20 European Championship with a 67-60 triumph.

TURNING POINT: Italy fell behind 52-50 in the fourth quarter when the smallest player on the court, Michele Ruzzier, sneaked into the Latvian paint, grabbed the rebound off a missed three-pointer and kicked out to Della Valle, who rose up almost oblivious of his poor shooting percentage up to that point and scored the first three of his 17 points in the clutch, with 4:54 left on the clock.

GAME HERO: Amedeo Della Valle was not there when Italy turned around the game in the third quarter, but came out as big as the tower of Pisa in the final five minutes, drilling 13 consecutive points on 3-for-3 three-pointers.


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Mizzillion's picture

Gold medal and MVP trophy? Well done, ADV!


Jugdish's picture

This is the good experience that he needs for when its crunch time in the B1G. Amedeo just may be the go to guy when the Bucks need a spark.

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Statutoryglory's picture

Can we get Lenzelle moved to a Dallas Lauderdale type token starter role and start ADV already?

mh277907's picture

Lenzelle definitely took a step back last year (I think losing Sullinger hurt his game more so than any one else's on the team) but ADV was not quite ready to play substantial minutes. Hopefully they both take steps forward because I think they will need scoring out of both of them day in and day out. 


tennbuckeye19's picture

Great to hear about Amedeo's success in this tournament. I hope he gets/earns a little more playing time this season. 

Normal Buck's picture

Amedeo Damn Valle!

Silverbuck8's picture

He proved when he was on the court he can shoot.

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AngryWoody's picture

Isn't this just further proof of the great talent evaluation of Matta and the rest of the Buckeye crew?

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Hovenaut's picture

Good for ADV, well done Buckeye!

dubjayfootball90's picture

ADV is the TRUTH!!!

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tdible2132's picture

ADV is proving that he will be an integral part of Buckeye teams in the future. If he can improve his defensive game, he will be exactly what this team needs. A sharp shooter that you can depend on for consistently shooting 3's!

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