Amedeo Della Valle
Della Valle with Reggio Emilia
No. 8 – Basket Brescia Leonessa
PositionPoint guard / Shooting guard
LeagueLega Basket Serie A
Personal information
Born (1993-04-11) April 11, 1993 (age 28)
Alba, Italy
NationalityItalian
Listed height1.94 m (6 ft 4 in)
Listed weight90 kg (198 lb)
Career information
High schoolFindlay Prep (Henderson, Nevada)
CollegeOhio State (2012–2014)
NBA draft2014 / Undrafted
Playing career2009–present
Career history
2009–2011Junior Casale Monferrato
2014–2018Grissin Bon Reggio Emilia
2018–2020Olimpia Milano
2020Gran Canaria
2020–2021Budućnost
2021–presentBasket Brescia Leonessa
Career highlights and awards
Medals
Men's basketball
Representing Italy Italy
FIBA Europe Under-20 Championship
Gold medal – first place 2013 Estonia

Amedeo Della Valle (born April 11, 1993) is an Italian professional basketball player for Basket Brescia Leonessa of the Italian Lega Basket Serie A. He attended Findlay Prep in Henderson, Nevada before spending two seasons playing college basketball for the Ohio State University.

High school career

Wanting to develop his basketball in a different way, he moved to the United States in 2011, to Findlay Prep high school in Henderson, Nevada. There, he was a starter in their National High School Invitational victory in 2012, breaking the school record for three-pointers in a season, with 66.[1]

College career

This caught the eye of several colleges and, after graduating, he signed a letter of intent to play for Ohio State in the Big Ten Conference of the NCAA Division I, choosing them over scholarship offers from Arizona and Texas A&M.[2] The only player recruited that year by Ohio State, Amedeo took some time to adapt to the rigours of college basketball, especially the physical side having never done weights in the past, he was exclusively used as a bench player in his freshman season. Having put on weight for his sophomore season he started earning more game time although he stayed a bench option, he notably was decisive in overturning an 18-point, second-half deficit to beat Nebraska in the quarter-finals of the Big Ten Tournament in what is regarded as his best game for the team.[3] After Ohio State's elimination in the first round of the NCAA Division I Tournament against Dayton he announced his intention to return to Italy to play professional basketball.

College statistics

Legend
  GP Games played   GS  Games started  MPG  Minutes per game
 FG%  Field goal percentage  3P%  3-point field goal percentage  FT%  Free throw percentage
 RPG  Rebounds per game  APG  Assists per game  SPG  Steals per game
 BPG  Blocks per game  PPG  Points per game  Bold  Career high
Year Team GP GS MPG FG% 3P% FT% RPG APG SPG BPG PPG
2013 Ohio State 15 0 7.2 37.5 38.5 50.0 1.47 0.26 0.26 0.4 2.5
2014 33 0 11.9 34.7 32.4 65.8 1.76 0.18 0.21 0.24 4.0
Career 48 0 9.55 36.1 35.45 57.9 1.61 0.22 0.23 0.32 3.25

Professional career

Della Valle returned to Italy, joining Serie A and EuroCup-playing side Grissin Bon Reggio Emilia declaredly because of the team's policy of trusting young Italian players, signing a contract until 2019.[4] During his career Della Valle was named LBA All-Star (2014), Italian Supercup MVP (2015) and All-EuroCup First Team (2018) and he won the EuroChallenge (2014) and the Italian Supercup (2015).

On June 16, 2018, the president of Olimpia Milano, Livio Proli, said the club reached an agreement with Della Valle for the 2018–19 season.[5][6] On June 22, 2018, Olimpia Milano officially announced Della Valle as new player.[7]

On July 11, 2020, he has signed with Herbalife Gran Canaria of the Spanish Liga ACB.[8] After six games, he parted ways with the team on October 23. Della Valle subsequently signed with Budućnost of the Adriatic League.[9]

Della Valle returned to Italy for the season 2021-22 with Basket Brescia Leonessa. He was announced on June 23rd, 2021.[10]

National team career

Della Valle started playing for the youth squads of the Italian national team, first with the Under-16's in 2009. He notably won the gold medal with the U20's at the 2013 European Championship where he was an important contributor winning the MVP award.

He was called up to the squad that would take part in EuroBasket 2015 to start on 5 September.[11]

Personal life

His father is Carlo Della Valle (in Italian), who had a career in the first division, he also was a guard noted for compensating his lack of athleticism with excellent technique.

Amedeo originally had no plans of going abroad to play, but a holiday in Miami with his mother in 2006 motivated him to move to the U.S. for lifestyle and athletic reasons.[12]

Della Valle, a crowd favourite at Ohio State University due to his atypical look and personality, unsuccessfully ran for student-body president in a less than serious campaign in 2014, promises such as official Amedeo snow days took him to fifth place.[13]

"La Faccia Cattiva di Amedeo Della Valle", a Facebook page with almost 13.000 followers and a clothing brand, is based on his trademark three-pointer celebration. [1]

Career statistics

Legend
  GP Games played   GS  Games started  MPG  Minutes per game
 FG%  Field-goal percentage  3P%  3-point field-goal percentage  FT%  Free-throw percentage
 RPG  Rebounds per game  APG  Assists per game  SPG  Steals per game
 BPG  Blocks per game  PPG  Points per game  PIR  Performance Index Rating
 Bold  Career high

Euroleague

Year Team GP GS MPG FG% 3P% FT% RPG APG SPG BPG PPG PIR
2018–19 Olimpia Milano 12 0 6.0 .364 .357 1.000 0.8 0.3 0.1 0.2 2.1 1.8

References

  1. ^ "Amadeo Della Valle – Buckeye Biography" Archived 2013-06-22 at the Wayback Machine, Ohio State Buckeyes. Retrieved on 01 March 2015.
  2. ^ Lesmerises, Doug. "Ohio State basketball adds Italian guard Della Valle". Cleveland.com, Columbus, 2 May 2012. Retrieved on 3 March 2015.
  3. ^ Rogers, Daniel. "Amedeo Della Valle provides spark off the bench for Ohio State men’s basketball against Nebraska". The Lantern, Indianapolis, 14 March 2014. Retrieved on 3 March 2015.
  4. ^ "Presenting today Amedeo Della Valle: "Happy to be part of an ambitious project like the one of Pallacanestro Reggiana"" Archived 2015-09-24 at the Wayback Machine, Ohio State Buckeyes, 27 March 2014. Retrieved on 03 March 2015.
  5. ^ "Olimpia Milano has signed Amedeo Della Valle, president Livio Proli says". sportando.basketball. 16 June 2018. Archived from the original on 20 June 2018. Retrieved 20 June 2018.
  6. ^ "Pallacanestro Reggiana, Amedeo Della Valle officially part ways". sportando.basketball. 18 June 2018. Retrieved 20 June 2018.[permanent dead link]
  7. ^ "Olimpia Milano announced Amedeo Della Valle". sportando.basketball. 22 June 2018. Archived from the original on 23 June 2018. Retrieved 23 June 2018.
  8. ^ "Amedeo Della Valle joins Gran Canaria". Sportando. July 11, 2020. Retrieved July 11, 2020.
  9. ^ "Amedeo Della Valle signs with Buducnost". Sportando. October 23, 2020. Retrieved October 23, 2020.
  10. ^ "Benvenuto Amedeo Della Valle!" (in Italian). basketbrescialeonessa.it. 23 June 2021.
  11. ^ "Italy take their dream roster to Berlin". FIBAEurope.com. 2 September 2015. Retrieved 2 September 2015.
  12. ^ Lesmerises, Doug. "Ohio State freshman Amedeo Della Valle: "I maybe don't look like a basketball player"." Cleveland.com, Columbus, 27 February 2013. Retrieved on 3 March 2015.
  13. ^ O'Neil, Dana. "Della Valle for president? Why not?". ESPN, Indianapolis, 14 March 2014. Retrieved on 3 March 2015.