Quote by Italians and much more among international freshmen
Two players from the Stella Azzura Academy, the youngest of the De Nicolao brothers and a promising wing from the Virtus Bologna youth sector. These the four Italian freshmen who decided to cross the ocean to study and play basketball in the USA. It has been a popular choice among European youngsters in the last few years, and some programmes are renowned for their international scouting, including Gonzaga, George Washington and St John’s. We already covered the biggest names among US-born prospects, now it’s time to talk about the four Italians and the four best international recruits of the year.
Scott Ulaneo (Ita) – Seattle Redhawks
Ulaneo will join a team that will include 7-2, UK native Aaron Menzies, Canadian guards Manroop Clair and Jadon Cohee and Slovenian Matej Cavas, a guard as well. The Italian will have no trouble adjusting to the language, since he attended international schools in Rome and will fit right in the international mold of the team. Ulaneo and Mattia Da Campo will be the third and fourth player out of the Stella Azzura Academy to join the NCAA, following in the steps of Amar Alibegovic, teammate of Federico Mussini at St John’s, and of Kristinn Pallson, who chose Marist University. Ulaneo started the 2015-16 season resolved to make this move possible. His performances at the Adidas Next Generation Tournament, held in Rome last December, where his team lost to Mega Leks in the title game, gained him the attention of plenty of USA scouts. He is a wing, and he should be back to playing his position next season, but at 6-8 he often played center for Stella Azzurra.
He is active on the offensive board and, not surprisingly, he makes most of his scoring from second chance points, but he is also comfortable driving to the basket. Coach Cameron Dollar and his staff will have to work on his jump shot and develop a reliable post game. On defence, he showed the potential to switch when covering pick-and-rolls without getting killed on the perimeter. His length will also help him on that side of the ball, especially if he can be a facotr in the passing lanes. He has a good motor, runs the floor very well and he will play for a very young team. Dollar knows this might be his last chance on the Redhawks bench: out of his 8-year tenure, he finished with a positive records only twice. He will have to rely on his freshmen to make it work.