Tuesday, April 10, 2012

One More PG? Amedeo Della Valle Visiting This Weekend

Although Michigan basketball has been blessed over the last week with Spike Albrecht's commitment and Trey Burke's announcement, Michigan is still  recruiting point guards.  Whether this is to truly advance the position or simply to ensure point guard depth remains unknown, but what is known is that Michigan is actively pursuing some solid recruits and still has a good chance at securing them for next season.

The most likely candidate to commit has become Amedeo Della Valle from Henderson, Nevada.  There had been some discussion about other point guard prospects such as 2013 point guard Monte Morris, but he practically eliminated all speculation when he said, "Michigan still is recruiting me, but I'm not sure how that's going to work out".  Obviously, this probably has a lot to do with Spike Albrecht and Trey Burke returning to Michigan more than it has to do with anything else.

Regardless, Amedeo Della Valle has become the only legitimate option for the 2012 recruiting class and likely one of the few remaining prospects for Michigan over the next few seasons as well.  Certainly, a lot could change for the 2013 recruits, but there's no doubt Della Valle is going to be Michigan's last prospect for 2012.  Della Valle is 6'3" and weighs 180 lbs.  He is rated as a 3 star by both Rivals and Scout, but is listed as a point guard by Rivals and a shooting guard by Scout.  Personally, I see him more as a point guard in the Beilein offense, but he'll definitely be able to play both positions with some experience, which will be a major advantage for Michigan and Della Valle.

Della Valle will be on campus this weekend and I certainly think there's a great chance to get a commitment in the near future.  From what I've seen, it looks like he wants to make his decision by the end of April.  Whether this is to confirm the team rosters after NBA Draft, I don't know, but I don't see him waiting past the end of April.  He's being recruited by several other big name teams such as Arizona, Texas A & M, and Ohio State, so Michigan will have a recruiting battle on their hands if they are trying to secure a commitment.

Michigan certainly has the room to offer him, with two open scholarships following the three recent transfers and I think this would be a good place to use the scholarships.  Certainly, this isn't a recruiting battle that will make or destroy next year's Michigan team, but adding point guard and shooting guard depth would be very good for the next few years.  There's no doubt Burke will be going to the NBA soon and yes, Derrick Walton is coming to Michigan in 2013, but Michigan and Beilein are not trying to get into the same situation as they faced next year if Burke went pro, virtually no point guard depth.

Della Valle is a good point guard and what's nice is that he wouldn't have to play a lot next year and either he or Spike Albrecht could likely red-shirt next season.  Having at least one experienced point guard on the roster would be great, especially if Walton has a rough college transition, which is always possible.  Either way, Michigan has a great chance at landing him this weekend, when most are assuming Beilein is going to offer Della Valle a scholarship.


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