On Thursday evening Michigan basketball coach John Beilein visited Nevada to see 2012 shooting guard Amedeo Della Valle (Henderson, Nev./Findlay College Prep) and watch one of his scrimmages.
With the recent transfers of three Michigan players, recruiting in the 2012 and 2013 classes has become even more important for Beilein and the rest of the coaching staff.
Beilein didn’t offer the shooting guard, but did say that he wanted Della Valle to visit campus and meet the players and rest of the coaching staff. Della Valle is hoping to visit in early April before making his final decision in late April.
"I like Michigan," Della Valle said. "I'm absolutely interested in Michigan."
Della Valle has offers from Gonzaga, Ohio State and UCLA, among others, though he has yet to establish a leader.
Beilein told Della Valle he could see the 6-foot-5, 185-pound guard being an dangerous outside shooter for the Wolverines, as well as providing the type of mismatches that Beilein's offense presents for opponents.
"He plays that European style and has great feel for the game, passes it, handles it, plays at great pace," Findlay coach Michael Peck told WolverineNation. "He does everything right. He can come off a screen and curl it to the basket. … With his size at 6-5, it allows him to be deceptively athletic and can finish in there too as well."
Peck said that Della Valle can play the point guard, which would be important for Beilein, who is dealing with Trey Burke possibly leaving for the NBA. Della Valle said Beilein projected him at the two-guard position, playing on the outside with players like sophomore Tim Hardaway Jr. and rising freshman Nik Stauskas.
Della Valle said he liked the Wolverines' four-guard offense and could see himself being productive because of his size and 3-point shooting abilities (57 percent as a senior).
He hasn't played too much point for Findlay, but Della Valle said he'd be willing to work on it for the college game.
"Playing the point is something I need to work on," Della Valle said. "I need to work on my handling. In Europe we used taller point guards rather than the point guards we use here."
This type of game is new for the guard, who moved from Italy this past summer. Della Valle said the transition between the European and American game has been interesting.
"The game is faster," Della Valle said of American basketball. "The players are more athletic. The big different is the shot clock violation."
He mainly watched the NBA and tried to mold his game after his favorite player Derrick Rose, though he noted his play isn't too similar to the Bulls' 6-foot-3, 190-pound point guard.
Della Valle will be visiting Arizona on April 14 and will be visiting Michigan shortly after.