Amedeo Della Valle is Leaving Ohio State, Will Return to Italy

By Kyle Rowland on March 22, 2014 at 5:48p
100 Comments

Two days after losing a heartbreaker to Dayton in the first round of the NCAA Tournament, Ohio State found out it will lose the services of Amedeo Della Valle. The junior guard will play professionally in his home country of Italy.

“Amedeo is passionate about the game of basketball and wants to return to Europe to pursue a professional career,” head coach Thad Matta said in a statement. “We appreciate all the work he put in to make our team better over the last two years. We wish him well.”

Bucknuts.com is reporting the floppy-haired Della Valle will earn upwards of $300,000 over the next two seasons with the Italian club Grissin Bon Reggio Emilia.

Good thing he wasn't elected president, sì?

Della Valle led the Italian national team in scoring with 15.1 points per game in the 2011 U-18 European Championships. In 2013, he earned MVP honors of the U-20 European Championships after leading Italy to the gold medal. 

Della Valle averaged 3.6 points a game over two seasons and appeared in 48 career games.

Although he averaged fewer than four points a game, Della Valle was an energizer of the bench for the Buckeyes. He became popular with fans due to a frenetic playing-style and his trademark coif. 

The highlight of his career at Ohio State came just last week when he helped key a comeback against Nebraska in the Big Ten Tournament. Della Valle finished with 12 points, six rebounds, three blocks and two steals, as the Buckeyes overcame an 18-point second-half deficit. 

He was the lone member of Ohio State's 2012 recruiting class, choosing the Buckeyes over Texas A&M, Arizona and Michigan after a standout career at nationally-acclaimed Findley Prep in Henderson, Nev. 

Della Valle's departure, along with Aaron Craft and Lenzelle Smith Jr., leaves Ohio State with two open scholarships to fill for the 2014-2015 season. The Buckeyes are pursuing Temple transfer Anthony Lee and are still waiting to hear who Myles Turner, the nation's top unsigned prospect for 2014, commits to. Turner has made an official visit to Ohio State, but is still finishing off visits before making a decision.

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Firedup's picture

Take Amir with you Amedeo 

"Making the Great State of Ohio Proud!" UFM

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BassDropper's picture

PLEASE!

DIRECTIONER

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steveinkc's picture

amen...Amir has to go!! out of the country is a great idea!! he was a bust from the get go and doesn't want to work to get better!!

steveinkc

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My2Sons's picture

He' going to now.  Last year.  Just like the scUM kid, POY my @ss.

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BHT's picture

Got to agree with you. Amir is lazy and shows little effort. He contrasts with ADV because ADV show effort every time he was on the floor. Even if something was not going his way, ADV tried again. He will be missed (ADV).

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Deadly Nuts's picture

The comment of death... lol

LEBRON

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teddyballgame's picture

Think Ross is next to head to Europe?

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steveinkc's picture

he will never play in the NBA because he's too lazy!! he would have trouble in the d league!! all has to do with attitude!! he has talent but he has no heart!!

steveinkc

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lvccacamcrca's picture

Bona Fortuna! Amedeo

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topgun67's picture

good luck.  good move for him.  he prob would never start at OSU...prob not going to be drafted in nba....so moving early to Europe, make good money, lengthen his career, leverage his excellent run for the Italian team, etc.

good move based on incoming freshmen class...

we need Turner....but prob won't get him

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BuckeyeinToledo's picture

Bailing at the right time?

 

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

-Woody Hayes

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KBonay's picture

Well, this is certainly better than the 'He Quit' thread. 

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36buck's picture

Him and the two centers are stiffs. Should all leave

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dbit's picture

This is sad news.  I saw him as the next Jon Diebler: a guy who stayed for four years, got better every single year, eventually turning into such a threat that we couldn't take him off the floor.

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skid21's picture

 I saw him as the next Jon Diebler:

Seriously?

 

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skid21's picture

Please tell me how he compares to Diebler. That is one of the of the most ridiculous comparisons I've ever seen. Diebler was one of of the best shooters ever at OSU and ADV was a weak sub. Seriously, provide proof.

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dbit's picture

Sure.  ADV was brought in to be a shooter who can stretch the floor.  They are both in the 6'5-6'6 range, seemingly moderate athleticism.  

 

For the record, I have not downvoted you.

johnblairgobucks's picture

it's his opinion.  It would be hard for him to prove perceived potential.

 

 

 

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ghalephoto's picture

Deibler?  never, no way, no how.  Deibler was a force, DV was a flash one night and a bit player the next...and that wouldn't have ever improved..

 

jaxbuckeye's picture

Are you serious?  ADV has been given little opportunity.  That would be like assessing Deibler based on his freshman year.  ADV is 10x the player Deibler was.  Deibler eventually could shoot from the outside.  That was IT.  He did nothing else. ADV can take the ball coast to coast., pass, defend.  He does everything else much better and could eventually be pretty close in the shooting department.   You sorely lack perspective on his abilities.

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jbirmmd's picture

Perhaps not quite to Diebler's level, but I was hoping for something similar as well.  He was one of the few players we have/had that actually showed some offensive acumen.  As well as the aforementioned passion. 

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HattanBuck85's picture

Meh. Good luck, Amadeo!

"The height of human desire is what wins, whether it's on Normandy Beach or in Ohio Stadium." - Woody Hayes

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741's picture

Wow. A significant number of the denizens of 11W are becoming huge dicks.

Here's one fan wishing Amedeo the best. He seemed to me to be the only guy (aside from AC) who has personality and played with emotion. Much of the year we had a bunch of robots out there.

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PittBuckeye's picture

I think a lot of that is trying to say things that they think will be popular opinion/funny. Dude gave 2 years to Ohio State and worked hard to help the team be better, he doesn't deserve any hate.

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route4buckeye's picture

pshhhh. yeah he does. didn't you read all of these comments? (s)

Balkestud's picture

though his numbers weren't great, I for one really enjoyed watching him play. Good luck Amedeo you will be missed

It gets kind of rough in the back of my limousine,

 

 

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edr4225's picture

good luck ADV

lets go bucks!!

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gravey's picture

Thank you so much Deo!  You're a great Buckeye and Buckeye Nation wishes you great success in Europe!

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flabucknut1's picture

Thank you for doing the best that you could and gave a damn!, proud of you! Too bad some of the others cannot look in the mirror anymore! Have fun at home! OSU will always welcome you back! 

Jim Rhoads

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Jbucks's picture

You dont need good numbers to be a great teamate... Best of luck ADV show off to Euro what Buckeyes do!!!

Light shines in the darkness and the darkness has not overcome it-John 1:5 SEC meet Ohio State, Ohio State meet SEC

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FROMTHE18's picture

The bench will miss you

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route4buckeye's picture

Some of these comments are fucking embarrassing. You all should be ashamed of yourselves. I can handle constructive criticism for a kid but when you straight up bash him non stop, it gets very old and its immature.

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BuckeyeStrong2's picture

Agreed. This is one of the double edged swords for a team having such a large fanbase, there will always be trolls and morons out there that put down a kid because he is not the next Michael Jordan, Archie Griffin, etc... It's even more funny considering 99% of those people making comments have usually never played one game of collegiate athletics in their life.

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brandonbauer87's picture

Losing Craft and ADV at the same time is brutal. Good luck boys. 

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Seattle Linga's picture

Thanks for the hard work and being a team player the entire season. We will miss you

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BHT's picture

When I saw this on the homepage, I though it was a joke or story about something else. I did not think he was really leaving.

Good luck ADV! Thank you for those 2 years you had with us.

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kevdale86's picture

This Facebook, Twitter, Instagram generation is pathetic. Just because he didn't live up to your expectations doesn't mean he sucks. The kid obviously LOVED The Ohio State University! He gave everything he had everytime he was on the floor. I bet you weren't bashing him when he was making free throws to ice the game against Nebraska. Sorry for the rant, but I've just had enough of the hate against OUR Buckeyes. Stay hidden behind your computer screens and phones and keep spewing forth the hate if it somehow makes you feel better about yourselves.

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740's picture

Jesus. so many trolls who can't even spell d1 basketball. the next time you wanna trash a 20 year old, reconsider and go take a large dose of shutthefuckup. you don't need a pharmacist. it's OTC.

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WC Buckeye's picture

I wish I could give this more UV's.

The only thing that's new in the world is the history that we have forgotten.

bucksfan92's picture

Wow I hate to see him go, but I understand.  His  playing time was kind of spotty this year, got a lot of minutes in some games, and then none in others.  He also had a minor injury around midseason, so that could be weighing on his decision too.  In any event, I was looking forward to watching him continue to develop his game, but now it opens up another scholarship for Matta to bring in someone else.  Best of luck to Amadeo, I am sure he will do very well in Europe, and glad he brought his floppy hair and boundless energy to Columbus for 2 season.

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harleymanjax's picture

Okay, bash me all you want but it's not a big loss! He was never going to be a starter, most of the time he looked clueless out there!

However, he seemed like a good guy and he was fun to watch. I think he made the right decision to leave, and I wish him nothing but the best! 

"Because I couldn't go for 3"

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Johnny-Shane_Utah-Falco's picture

Damn, really thought he'd progress nicely in the next two years

 

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Bourbon Meyer's picture

C'mon people. This kid wasn't going to become a powerhouse. He was just a warm body to hopefully give us some three-ball help until someone better (hopefully) came along. He was kind of a novelty, curly hair and all. Nothing to lose sleep over. Plus, he just quit the team after an embarassing loss to go line his pockets. Amir didn't do that.

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CasualBystander's picture

What the eff do you think this kid owes OSU? He put in his time, then he left to play professionally when he felt ready. Just like countless players (and buckeyes) before him. The idea that he's somehow a quitter or selfish just because he's leaving after a bad loss is beyond ridiculous. 

"Anger is an acid that can do more harm to the vessel in which it is stored than to anything on which it is poured." - Mark Twain

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wyatt's picture

Enjoy the real pizza and lasagna.  Amedeo was one of the bright spots to watch this year. I agree with some other comments but am afraid to voice them or get ten million down votes.  Good luck Mr. Della Valle.

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Buckeye Chuck's picture

Just curious as to why Amadeo is getting all kinds of congratulations, but if you look at the thread regarding the possibility of Ross turning pro, it's filled with all kinds of snide remarks about his game and him personally. 

That entire year Matta and staff decide to basically not recruit is looking like a little bit of a mistake now.

 

The most "loud mouth, disrespect" poster on 11W.

topgun67's picture

recruiting last two years really hurt...

Go Dayton 

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Joe Beale's picture

I guess he got tired of sitting the bench in favor of guys who can't shoot. Sort of like Jordan Sibert. 

rosycheeks's picture

Jordan Sibert couldn't shoot when he was at Ohio State either. Maybe I'm being ultra sensitive, but I'm reading into the tone of this comment, and what I'm reading is, "Matta should have played Sibert so we didn't lose him." Seems like revisionist history to suggest that Matta should have played more of a guy who was shooting under 30%.

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el duderino's picture

Devil's advocate: Maybe Sibert only shot <30% because he never got enough time in a game to get comfortable on the floor? It seems like it's hard to come off of the bench (relatively) cold and just get right into the flow of the game, especially if you are not seeing consistent minutes (which Sibert was not, if my memory serves me). I add that last part because clearly it is possible to come off the bench and contribute, if those bench minutes are a consistent part of the game plan, a la Scott the second half of this season, Craft as a freshman, Ross last year (especially during the tournament).

"This is a very complicated case: a lot of ins, lot of outs, lot of what-have-yous."

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rosycheeks's picture

Fair point, to an extent. Sibert got 10 minutes/game his sophomore year, which is alright but not a ton. But at what point do you as a coach have to draw the line? Not everyone can play 25 minutes/game every night. You're going to play the guys who are producing, or at least not sucking donkey balls, which is what <30% is.

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el duderino's picture

Touche, to an extent... Although there has to be some factor at play in Sibert going from 30% to 45% in fg and 26% to 43% 3 pt fg between his Sophomore effort here and his Junior season at Dayton.  Playing time? Coaching? Determination? You tell me.

All I'm saying is, as Joe Beale seemed to imply, Sibert could have been that kind of offensive threat for the good guys this year, instead he helped end the Basketbucks (and by extension, Craft's career) in a less than ideal way. Definitely too bad, in my humble opinion.

(Also, just a point of clarification, I do not have Sibert's stats committed to memory, ESPiN provided the assist on that one)

"This is a very complicated case: a lot of ins, lot of outs, lot of what-have-yous."

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tussey's picture

In my assessment of watching how to get on the court under Matta is through defense.  Sibert was more of an offensive weapon than a lock down defender while at OSU and so when they put him in and he didn't score and being not as defensively sound as other players is what I think hurt his minutes (also the fact that Thad plays 6 guys come B1G season).  He then left to go to a school where defense wasn't put at such a premium and allowed him to get into the flow and become the scorer that he is.  

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Joe Beale's picture

What you should be reading into my tone is frustration over Matta's substitution policy, which I have expressed in the past and no doubt will do so again. Thad is a great winner and so we should all be thankful that he has elevated the program and kept it scandal-free, but that doesn't mean he gets a free pass from any and all criticism. His tendency to not play the bench after December (regardless of the quality of the players there) is a sore spot for me.

jaxbuckeye's picture

This is EXACTLY what pisses me off with Matta.  He is too willing to go down with the ship.  His insistance on a short rotation runs guys off.  In this case, contrary to what most on here think, I belive ADV was on the verge of exploding.  The examples of him grabbing a rebound and taking it coast to coast for a score should be a good indication of his skill set.  Winning the Euro under MVP should be another.  This team desperately needed someone who could shoot AND do other things and he's basically been chased off.

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TraptnMI's picture

Wisely and accurately put. Did not have enough minutes to ever feel comfortable.Playing so hard on defense with a short rotation, does not allow for max effort throughout the entire game. Close but no cigar. I sure hope our next coach will be Paulus.

" It's real good whatcha done Anthony, real good ! "

RedsBuckeyeBoy's picture

Best of luck to him. It has to be nice to return home and make good money playing the game he loves. 

He was my second or third favorite player on this year's team along with craft and McLoving. Definitely bittersweet to see him go, but it's obviously too great of an opportunity to pass up. Thanks, kid, give 'em hell over there!

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topgun67's picture

How did we let Sibert go?  he had key 3 pointer(s) today against Syracuse.  Definitely a good player - candidly better shooter than any of our player not named Ross. 
love Thad, but I don't know about sitting Sibert on the bench for two years... of course, being a Monday morning QB is easy, I know... but we sure could have used Sibert this year

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brandonbauer87's picture

I think the bigger issue is the coaching tgat shooters receive. We've seen next to no inprovement on anyone's jumper. 

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moopdawg's picture

In Craft's case, his jumper has gotten worse since his freshman year.  Ross's j faded as the season progressed too.  And our free throw shooting overall sucked.

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Buckeye Chuck's picture

1. We didn't "let him go," he asked to go.

2. Good on him for improving, but he was a sub-30% shooter here. Matta only sat him on the bench after he performed poorly as our third guard.

The most "loud mouth, disrespect" poster on 11W.

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Go1Bucks's picture

Siebert had his chance to shine here, and he didn't  He may have for a game of two, and may have done well for the Flyers this season, but we couldn't wait for him to decide to play up to his potential.  We are better in the long run without him.  And remember, the Flyers didn't beat us, as much as we lost the game for ourselves by performance.  Next year boys.

Go Bucks!

TraptnMI's picture

Dayton played better defense than we did. That's what beat us, we didn't beat ourselves.

" It's real good whatcha done Anthony, real good ! "

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ScarletNGrey01's picture

Wow, this is a shocker, figured next year he would do some good things, be an outside threat as well as being able to take it to the hole as he demonstrated late in the season.  Tough to lose those two years of experience right before he was poised to be a big help next season.  I do understand his financial decision, best of luck to ADV, he has a lot of heart and a great basketball IQ.

The will to win is not as important as the will to prepare to win. -- Woody Hayes

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ShowThemOhiosHere's picture

$300,000...can't really blame him, kid probably did the best thing he could do for himself.  Best of luck ADV!

Class of 2010.

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johnblairgobucks's picture

I think  a good majority of Ohio State students would leave school, if they had the chance to make $300,000 in 2 years, in Italy.  That's alot of dough.  Hope he does well.  He should also take a Buckeye tree sapling with him and plant it on "the boot".

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Johnny-Shane_Utah-Falco's picture

Kennard would be a heck of a candidate to come in and fire the 3s

chili96's picture

I always enjoyed seeing him hit those 3s. Every time he took a shot I felt pretty good that it would go in. I didn't have the same feeling with LSJ or Scott. When they launched it I would cringe. 

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skid21's picture

So we would be happy with a roster whose major players were Sibert and ADV?

 

wilkins0802's picture
I was really hoping to keep seeing this kid improve. The talent was obviously there...good luck to him.
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OH10G419's picture

If Q comes back and Russell is as good as I think he will be, ADV may have sat the bench even next year.. if he couldn't beat out LSJ this year then idk about next year.. either way... good luck napoleon dynamite! He was a good kid

buckeyefan51's picture

Please will somebody tell coach Matta to take a look at Michal Cekovsky to come in and take Amirs spot at     center. This k[d can play with his back to the basket and shoot from the three point line.If you want watch       kid go to youtube type in his name.His 7 2 teammate went to Louisville and his other 6 11 teammate went        to Pitt. i forgot to mention this kid is a 7 footer.

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Go1Bucks's picture

I met ADV and his girlfriend when they moved into their apt. Great guy.   He plays the game with energy and he cares about team.  I wish the best for him in life and his career.

Forever a Buckeye.

Go Bucks!

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36buck's picture

Wake up.  He's is a Mac player at best. No business in the big ten.  And that doesn't mean I hate him.   Its freaking fact.   

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DefendOhio's picture

Whatever. ......, this move doesn't mean much. He wasn't really a factor, especially with our incoming class. Wish the kid best of luck, but it doesn't really hurt us that much. 

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factor11's picture

I truly hate the commentariat here sometimes... such a lack of perspective. 

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AndyVance's picture

This thread teaches us two things:

  1. As a fanbase, we suck at losing.
  2. If our football team loses two games in two years, heads of longtime coaches should be rolling in the streets as penance for the sin of losing, but if our basketball team experiences a multi-year regression (look at our "development" during the years from Oden/Conley/etc., until now), the fault lies with lazy, talentless, 20-year-old hacks who should go play for the Czech national team, and good riddance to them.

"Fire Fickell" should definitely not turn into "Fire Matta" yet, but the vitriol leveled at the kids and the absence thereof for the coaching staff is staggering, especially when compared with our other key revenue sport.

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d5k's picture

Maybe, just maybe, there really isn't any blame to distribute.  Other basketball programs bottom out by losing in the first round of the NIT rather than the first round of the NCAA in an upset.  Can't help that the media keeps ranking us in the top 5 assuming that our soon-to-be-seniors will make the leap.  This seems to be an annual "debate" between us but there hasn't been a multi-year regression or sarcastic "development" since Oden/Conley.  We just ended a run of 4 straight sweet 16s.  There are only 10 or so teams in the country with streaks of making the tournament that are longer than that!  

In other words I agree completely with #1 and I think your #2 is evidence that you are not completely immune to #1, although you handle it much better than most of the commenters around here.  

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AndyVance's picture

It's entirely possible that you are correct, but I think we can still agree that as a fanbase we hold wildly divergent expectations of our two revenue sports teams.

While acknowledging that football and basketball are very different animals, it is very hard not to draw parallels between John Cooper and Thad Matta... Both Hall of Fame caliber coaches who won/win a metric crapton of games, but ultimately fail to close the big game. Both stellar recruiters who bring in bluechippers by the bus load, but still fail to capture the banner...

We'll see what next year brings, but there's no way we'll enter the season as ridiculously overrated as we were this year.

d5k's picture

You need to re-read your post last year that outlined how wrong you are.  2 final fours, 5 sweet 16s, a bunch of conference titles and conference tourney titles.  Is it really national title or bust for you?  It is very hard TO draw parallels between Matta and Cooper.  To win a national title you have to win 4-5 big games in a row, not just "the big game". 

AndyVance's picture

...and you should re-read my post that stated emphatically that there is no call for a "Fire Matta" chorus. Matta's a great coach, no ifs ands our buts about it, as my own writing has said time and again - as you pointed out.

But yes, at some point he's got to bring home a title, or he is John Cooper for me. One man's opinion. Remember the days when we could have differing opinions here? Ah, halcyon days of our youth, truly.

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Go1Bucks's picture

Here,here!

Go Bucks!

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jaxbuckeye's picture

VERY well said.  History will show that I directed my frustration at the coaches, not the players (as my past posts and the subsequent beating I took on this site will show).  Absolutely ridiculous to continue to bash 20 yr olds when you have coaches (well at least one) being paid millions to develop them.  For some reason, many on here think coaching involves recruiting and in-game decisions only.  If a player doesn't develop they label him as lazy or stupid.  What goes on at practice, other than defense and defending the inbounds?  I will say, I am starting to see some of the frustration shifting towards Matta and the coaches, where I believe it should usually belong.  Saying the coaches should do a better job of developing players does not mean you hate the coaches or think Matta should be fired.  It means EVERYONE is accountable, not JUST the players.  Players are not blameless, but neither are the millionaire adult coaches.

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Kurt's picture

A presto Amedeo!

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DenBuck's picture

Best wishes, ADV! 

Buckeye For Life

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toad1204's picture

Wait...  I thought I clicked on 11w not MGo...  Grow up people.

Nothing like dancing on the field in 02... 

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BuckeyeChief's picture

Best of luck ADV! Thanks for the passion and energy you brought to the team!

 

"Damn I miss El Guapo"

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Donny T's picture

Good luck to Amedeo. In some ways, the more guys that leave this "team" the better. I hope Q goes too. This was the most mismatched  collection of teammates I've seen in 50 years following Buckeye basketball. Seems like a cleansing of the bad karma needs to happen before next year. As some have said, it's too bad Amedeo can't take Williams with him. That's the last obstacle to rebuilding this team. But it's a big one. Maybe we get lucky and sign Turner and Williams can take his talents to Italy, too. 

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Deadly Nuts's picture

I guess this locks in next years starter/backup line-up:

PG: Scott/Russell

SG: Russell/K. Williams

SF: Thompson/Loving

PF: Ross/Loving

C: A. Williams/McDonald

That would be eight deep. Can Keita Bates-Diop play the 4?

LEBRON

d5k's picture

Tate can play 2-4 and guard 1-4 possibly (Lighty 2.0) so that alone might get him some minutes.  If he demonstrates some ability to knock down a 3 pointer, maybe even more.  Bates-Diop is a prototype stretch 4 for Matta.  I think it will be 9 deep with a 10th guy in blowouts.  Russell and Williams will play a little bit of point guard when Scott sits.  And alternatively we will probably play all 3 of them together some.  Bell seems like a redshirt candidate.  If we are able to add another recruit to replace ADV and/or Q that could be another redshirt.

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Rocket Man's picture

Sorry to see him go -- I was looking forward to seeing what he could do next year, but if my dream employer had offered me 300K after my sophomore year, I'd have left too.  Best wishes Amedeo.

". . . It's because I don't buy one goddam drop of gas in the state of Michigan! We'll coast and PUSH this goddam car to the Ohio line before I give this state a nickel of my money!"

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Pa_snoborder's picture

Godspeed ADV, all the best. Since all the Italian I know comes from the movie "inglorious bastards," ill leave you with this "bonjourno!!" 

"No one puts baby in a corner!" - P.Swayze.

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Art Harrell's picture

I grew up eating Chef Boyardee, I think we may be related tell every one back

in the Mother land I said  Hi--enjoyed your 2 years at tOSU--Good Luck--Go Bucks

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Go1Bucks's picture

Chef Boyardee - a beautiful Buckeye company.

Go Bucks!

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Fort Seneca Steve's picture

First noticed Amedeo as a high school player at Findlay Prep of Las Vegas. Nevada.  Totally enjoyed his ability on the national stage at that level and was very excited when OSU recruited him.  Further enjoyed his effort at the college level, even though I do not feel that Matta or the OSU staff gave him much of a chance.  Will really miss you Amedeo.  Wish you would stay the entire 4 years as a Buckeye, but best of luck in the future.  YOU are class! I must find a way to follow your professional career.  My only question is now that OSU has discovered Findlay Prep and its outstanding high school basketball program, when can we expect another recruit from Findlay Prep at OSU?

Before there was Larry Bird, there was "Hondo" John Havilcek! The Pride of Martins Ferry, Ohio!