Thad Matta got his first verbal commitment for the class of 2012 just under two months shy of the start of summer classes. Shooting guard Amadeo Della Valle signed with the Buckeyes Wednesday to become the sole member of the 2012 class. The Alba, Italy-native played for Findlay Prep in Henderson, Nevada alongside top prospects Anthony Bennett, Brandon Ashley, Dominic Artis and others.
The star-studded roster may have led to a number of schools overlooking the Italian guard, but Della Valle is a great late addition to the Ohio State roster. He committed back on April 27th following a visit to Columbus, choosing the Buckeyes over Arizona and Texas A&M.
The Buckeyes are losing quite a bit, with William Buford graduating and Jared Sullinger headed for the NBA, but they should be able to compete in the B1G once again. A pair of juniors – point guard Aaron Craft and wing DeShaun Thomas – will be a tough 1-2 punch for Matta. Della Valle is in position to earn some minutes right away, as he is one of just four scholarship guards on the OSU roster. It will be especially beneficial for the freshman to play behind a guy like Craft to help get acclimated with B1G play.