Italian star considering college basketball

Federico Mussini, a talented lead guard in Italy, is considering making a move to the United States to play college basketball. What schools are recruiting him? Scout caught up with the international standout.

America has seen an influx of international basketball prospects lately. While Canadians and Australians seem to be the most common, players from a wide range of countries appear in making the move to the United States to play college basketball.

One name that has begun surfacing among college coaches is Federico Mussini, a 6-foot, 160-pound point guard out of Italy. Mussini, who goes to school at Liceo Scientifico Aldo Moro, plays club ball for Reggio Emilia.

Mussini built a strong reputation at the FIBA U18 European Championship, where he averaged 22.6 points, 4.0 rebounds and 2.1 assists in nine games. Mussini, who shot 43-percent from three at the event, was named to the All-Tournament Team.

NBA scouts told Scout that Mussini brings effort on both ends of the floor, is blessed with impressive quickness and is a talented passer. Mussini agreed with that sentiment.
Mussini has college options

“My strengths are my shot, ball handling, quickness and explosiveness,” he told Scout.

“I have to improve physically because I'm too skinny now on defense and in playmaking, but I think I'm a good passer,” Mussini added.

Mussini also participated in the 2014 Albert Schweitzer Tournament. He also has experience playing in the 2012 Jordan Brand International game, where he scored 21 points and tossed out four assists.

According to Mussini, St. John’s, Gonzaga, Davidson, Virginia, Providence and Central Florida have shown interest and have offered him a scholarship. St. John’s coach Steve Lavin is the only head coach that has made the trip to Italy to see him.

“He is serious and I heard a lot of good things about him as a coach,” Mussini told Scout.

Mussini has yet to visit any colleges in America, but potentially will do that in the summer when his season with Reggio Emilia concludes.

“No because I don't have time having the championship,” he said about visits. “Maybe in the summer I will visit some of them.”

Does Mussini have a favorite?

“No everyone of these is very good and I also have to visit them to understand better,” he said.

Mussini told Scout that playing college basketball is a serious option, but not a shoo-in.

“I am really interested in playing in the U.S. and at the end of the season I will decide between going to college or playing as a pro,” Mussini said.

Mussini said he’s looking to make a decision on college or pro in August.

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