Italian Guard Signs with Buckeyes

May 1, 2012

COLUMBUS, Ohio - Thad Matta, Ohio State head coach, announced the signing of Amedeo Della Valle (A-ma-day-oh Del-la Val-lay) to a NCAA National Letter of Intent to play men's basketball for the Buckeyes.

Della Valle, a 6-foot-4-inch guard, signed his NLI Monday. He will begin summer school classes in Columbus June 18 and will have four years of eligibility beginning with the 2012-13 season.

Matta said Della Valle adds depth to the guard position.

"Amedeo has experience at the highest levels of international competition and at the U.S. high school level at Findlay Prep," Matta said. "He has a great feel for the game, is a proven scorer and excels at fundamental team basketball. We look forward to having Amedeo on campus this summer as we prepare for the 2012-13 season."

The Buckeyes currently have 10 student-athletes on scholarship for next season with the addition of Della Valle, a native if Alba, Italy, who played high school basketball at Findlay Prep (Henderson, Nev.). The Pilots were 29-1 and ranked No. 7 nationally in 2011-12.

While playing for Italy in the 2011 U18 European Championship in Wroclaw, Poland, Della Valle led Italy (4-5) in scoring with 15.1 points per game. He also averaged 3.0 rebounds and 2.1 assists while shooting 50 percent from 3-point range (8-16) and 54 percent overall (39-72).

Ohio State has won or shared the last three Big Ten regular-season championships, has won two of the last three Big Ten tournament titles (2010, 2011), advanced to four-consecutive NCAA tournaments, including the 2012 Final Four and the last three Sweet 16s, and won a combined 65 games over the last two years. The Buckeyes finished the 2012 season with a 31-8 record and were 34-3 in 2012.