He’s 6-foot-5, weighs 190 pounds, is from Italy and is a sophomore guard for the Ohio State Buckeyes. Amedeo Della Valle doesn’t start, but he’s someone that you need to become acquainted with.
I know what you’re asking, “who is this Della Valle kid?” Well, according to his bio on Ohio State’s athletic website, he moved from Alba, Italy following the 2011 U-18 European Championships to Henderson, Nevada where he attended Findley Prep. There, he broke the school record for 3-pointers (66) and was ranked among the top-30 shooting guards for his recruiting class. At Ohio State, he likes to spend time with his family and friends when he isn’t playing basketball.
As a freshman in the 2012-13 season, Della Valle played 108 minutes over 15 games and scored 38 points. This season, he’s played 188 minutes over 13 games and has dropped 68 points. As the season rolls on, he’s seen his role on the team increase and he’s only getting better. Three times this season has Della Valle scored in double-figures, including twice in Ohio State’s last three games.
Della Valle is a bench player that coaches dream about. He provides a spark whenever he steps on the floor and is efficient in his work. He hustles, plays solid defense and is also able to contribute on offense. He’s good for a pair of rebounds per game, and his 3-point shooting is slowly coming around. If he wants to see his role on the team jump to a whole new level, he’ll have to get that back to where it was in high school.
Ohio State is fairly simple, really. They have a core group of players in Lenzelle Smith Jr., Aaron Craft, LaQuinton Ross, Amir Williams and Shannon Scott, but there really isn’t anybody else after that. If Smith or Ross can’t get things going on offense, then things begin to fall apart and they get in trouble (ie. the Notre Dame game).
Having a spark plug like Della Valle on the bench helps ignite things when they are slow. He may not start, but his role on the team is as equally important.
Thad Matta has found a gem for his Ohio State Buckeyes. While the Italian native may have been Matta’s only signee in the 2012 recruiting class, he’s a good one. He’s a total team player and ups the intensity level of the whole team when he takes the floor. Keep Amedeo Della Valle’s name locked away in your memory bank. As the season wears on, he’s going to flourish for the Buckeyes and could be a key player for this team come tourney time.