Italian Guard On Radar

Utah basketball continues it's search near and far for high level talent.

Most college basketball fans have never heard of Amedeo Della Valle. Up until recently, the sweet shooting Italian Guard was relatively unknown even among college coaches. Thanks to a strong performance at the u18 European Championships this year, Della Valle is now firmly on the college recruiting radar, as well as the radar of professional scouts in the NBA and internationally.

At the u18 European Championships, Della Valle averaged over 15 points per game, shooting 55% from the field, and 50% from 3 point territory.

Della Valle was born in Northern Italy, and played basketball throughout his childhood. When he was 14 years old, Della Valle advanced to a very competitive club basketball team, which ultimately catapulted the talented prospect to the under 18 European Championships.

"At the end of the European Championships, I didn't really want to come to the USA at the start of the season. I just wanted to play pro in Italy. But my dream is obviously to make it to the NBA, and my dream is closer to get to the NBA at Findlay." Della Valle continued, "This summer, after the under 18 European Championship, I felt really confident, and I had dreamed about the USA, so I decided to come here to Findlay (Prep School)."

For a program that is known for producing college hoops stars, Findlay might have their most talented team ever this season. Findlay Prep is loaded with High Major Division 1 talent.

"Our team is great. We got like top players like Anthony Bennett and Brandon Ashley. We got a great wing in Winston Shepard. We got two great point guards in Dominic Artis and Nigel Williams-Goss. The other guys too are really nice! We have been working out in practice playing against each other, and getting better day by day."

At 6'6, and 190 lbs, Della Valle creates matchup nightmares for opposing backcourts. Already, the versatile 4 star prospect has been extremely productive for Findlay Prep, scoring in double figures in each of the first 3 games, and lighting it up from long distance.

"I play the 1, the 2 or the 3 at high school level. I will say I'm more comfortable to play the 1 at the college level, just because it's easier for me."

Expectedly, Della Valle's recruitment has blown up. The Italian guard has scholarship offers from Georgetown, Gonzaga, Arizona, Utah, and Cal. Della Valle is also speaking to a few other schools, including St. Marys, Portland and more.

Utah was the first to find Della Valle. Runnin' Ute Assistant Coach Andy Hill was in Europe when he seemingly stumbled upon the talented prospect.

"Coach Hill started recruiting me at the end of the European championships because it was in Poland. He was looking at me. He told me he loved my game. They were basically the first school that I talked with."

"I've already met the head coach [Larry Krystkowiak], I talked with him too, but Coach Hill is the recruiter. I like them. They are cool. They just explained about the program and stuff." Della Valle continued "I don't know a lot about the college. I know they play in the PAC-12. I don't know how they play, because I've never seen a college game before."

Della Valle is known as a big time 3 point shooter, but prides himself in his ability to involve teammates.

"I just like to pass the ball. I just like to create for my teammates, and make them take easy shots."

Being a big fan of the NBA, Della Valle believes his game compares best to Jose Calderon, though he admits that Derrick Rose is his favorite player.

When evaluating potential universities, Della Valle is completely open to different options. In fact, Della Valle had never even seen a college game until a couple of weeks ago. A few factors stand out however; academics, early playing time, and a quality coaching staff.

"I want first, a good school academically because I want to take a degree. For sure. Next, I want to look for a great coach, and play where I have a chance to play. I don't really care about starting position or something, but I want to play." Della Valle continued, "Every school I talk with, they just told me that I can play right away. Nobody is talking about the starting position, but everyone tells me that I'll play and be great."

Being new to the States, Della Valle wants to take his time in evaluating colleges. The 4 star prospect has no current plans for official visits.

"No (favorites). I'm not in any rush. I will make my decision late. I'm just hearing from every school right now."

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