Sophomore guard Amedeo Della Valle announced on Twitter that his days at Ohio State are over. The Alba, Italy native will return to Europe in hopes of starting a professional career.
It's been real THE Ohio State University.Thank you for everything.Best experience of my life.Thank you BuckeyeNation! pic.twitter.com/2FYJBlEZRt— Amedeo Della Valle (@Ame_DV_33) March 22, 2014
The Buckeyes' lone sophomore, Della Valle averaged 4.0 points in 11.8 minutes per game in the 2013-14 campaign. Best known for his three-point shooting skills, the 6-5, 190-pounder made just 24 of his 74 attempts from long distance this past season, good for a 32.4 percentage from beyond the arc.
"Amedeo is passionate about the game of basketball and wants to return to Europe to pursue a professional career," OSU head coach Thad Matta said in a statement. "We appreciate all the work he put in to make our team better over the last two years. We wish him well."
Della Valle's best game for Ohio State came in the Big Ten tournament quarterfinals last weekend, when he scored 12 points, pulled down six rebounds, blocked three shots and recorded two steals as the Buckeyes erased an 18-point deficit in what was ultimately a win over Nebraska. He appeared in all but two of Ohio State's games this season, missing one contest because of injury and the other due to a coaches' decision.
Della Valle's minutes would have likely dwindled next year with the Buckeyes' adding guards D'Angelo Russell and Kam Williams to their rotation. A five-star prospect and the No. 16 overall player in the 2014 class, Russell can play either position in the backcourt, as can the redshirt freshman Williams, who sat out this past season after coming down with a case of mono prior to the start of training camp.
Earlier on Saturday, Sportnado.com reported that Italian club Reggio Emilia has interest in signing the now-former Buckeye. Della Valle was named the MVP of the under-20 European championship in Tallinn, Estonia last summer after averaging 13 points in 10 games for Italy's national team.