Video: Italian guard Davide Moretti

  • 05/30/2017 11:02 am in

Indiana has a scholarship available for the class of 2017 and one of the candidates to fill it is Davide Moretti, who is currently on campus for an official visit.

According to Evan Daniels of Scout.com, Moretti is visiting Indiana through Wednesday and will follow up with visits to Connecticut, Texas Tech and Utah.

The 6-foot-3 guard is the son of Paolo Moretti, a former star in Italian basketball who currently coaches in LBA in Italy. Moretti turned 19 in March and averaged 14.8 points and five assists in the 2016 FIBA U18 European Championship in December.

Moretti averaged 12.7 points (38.9 2PFG%, 37.7 3PFG%) this season for Treviso in Italy in 37 games.

Here’s a look at more than three minutes of video of Moretti (wearing No. 11) from games against France and Germany in the 2016 FIBA U18 Championships:

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  • IdahoHoosier

    Nice stroke, some functional but flashy passing, penetrating dribbling and looking for teammates. A lot to like!

  • HoosierHeel

    Looking at the impact some of these international guys have had over the last few years, (e.g. Moritz Wagner) I would love to see Coach Archie go after and get some of these prospects. Plus, we could use some talent at the PG position next year and going forward!

  • Ole Man

    I want a big man!

  • IU Hoosiers # 34, 1979-83

    Never a boring moment here at Inside The Hall. We need a big boy down low!! We have enough guards and small forwards.

  • inLinE6

    That’s what I thought. We can go after some bigger fish in 2018 at guard position, but right now, nobody can really backup DD at a high level.

  • iugradmark

    Some old school stuff in his game. Love the shot fake to set up a nice mid range jumper. I agree we need bigs but unfortunately they are hard to come by.

  • TomJameson

    Exactly! I think Davide is looking for a quick way to the NBA anyway, considering that he is debating going to college in the first place. Probably figures he’ll get more visibility in one year of college, and then onward and upward. We just don’t need him, not when we have a very clear need for a big guy.

  • Jay Skibbe

    Not many colleges have solid back ups at the center position !!! i

  • Jay Skibbe

    Money in Italy ? Seriously doubt he going to Indiana ?

  • Mark Bando

    I echo many of the opinions below. Can’t we find a juco big man? We just need someone to rebound and play D.

  • John D Murphy

    This guy could probably be in the top 3 in scoring for us. I know a lot of people are shouting about a big but this guy can score the ball. He is way more polished than our backup guards. This would be a huge get this late and as close to a replacement for JBJ as we are likely to find. He is probably a starter for the other three schools he is visiting.

  • John D Murphy

    Everybody shouting about a big. The best big we are finding at this point is Tim Priller from 3 years ago. We have Tim Priller, and he is three years better so let him play or don’t but don’t fill a roster spot with another project big like TC did over and over and over. Please for the love everything candystriped.

  • Mark Bando

    i’m thinking a juco player that can step right in and conrtibute right away ala Dean Garrett

  • John D Murphy

    If you know of a Dean Garrett quality JUCO big still available, by all means shout the name. My understanding is that JUCO and grad t’fer big pool was ultra thin to begin with and has been picked clean.

  • pcantidote

    Mo-ret-ti. Must be Italian.

  • VOXAC30

    I don’t even know… I mean when we see recruits at Peach Jam or The other big tournaments we know the competition level. We do not know the competition level this kid is going up against. My guess is he is solid would contribute he is appears to be sneaky has a quick release and uses screens really well. IDK seems like we will need a BIG for this coming season but we do have some size down low. I can say with 100% confidence that I am pretty sure we may be okay on size 🙁

  • HoosierDom

    People calling for a big are nuts. This late were not going to find one that can beat McSwain for minutes. We need talent, and my google search tells me this guy is in good position to be an NBA player.

  • Arch Puddington

    Not so sure as you that he’s that good, or even better than our current backups. Shooting seems to be his calling card, but 37% from deep is only a tick better than CJ (35%) and not as good as DG (43%). And while he seems to be nifty with the ball, he’s playing against meaningfully lesser competition than the B1G.
    Obviously CM likes him, so he must be good, but I don’t see him as any better than what we already have. He would provide some depth, which has value, but I’d much rather we fill the remaining spot with a more obviously skilled player like Tremont Waters (which seems highly unlikely), or just let it go.

    That sound you hear is Archie not calling me for advice.

  • HoosierKid

    Awesome! Glad we’re looking to add some shooting with this guy and Vijay. It could have been a disaster season.

  • Indiana_Banners

    How much do you know about the league he’s playing in to say for sure that the Big Ten is better competition? Do you know where their 3 point line is to make a direct comparison to Curtis and Greene(neither of which got enough shot attempts to really judge their shooting but let’s assume they did…)?

  • N71

    The only guy I could still find available that can walk and chew gum at the same time is the kid out of Cal, Kameron Rooks. Unfortunately we’re late and 9 other schools are recruiting him, including Gonzaga who he almost committed to originally. If we’re not going to get a big then I don’t care how we fill the spot, guard, wing…would be nice if they were talented though.

  • Mark Bando

    Well, then, its a good thing DD is getting in the best shape of his life

  • Jeremy

    I have to disagree with most of the crowd hear. I think the the point is a very weak spot for next seasons team. DD is foul prone but there is adequate back up to hold down the fort in my opinion. I like the way this kid passes the ball and more importantly he does not seem to panic. His 3 point shot will only improve. Remember he is going to get better then what the video shows which is pretty good in my opinion. I like he can play the point and be a shooting guard also. I hope we get him.

  • Arch Puddington

    I am quite sure that the B1G is better than an Italian minor league, and equally sure that it is better than the European U18 league made of players who don’t play together full time. Some good players come from Europe, including a fair number of NBA players, but come on. Just look at the people guarding him in this video. They look like what they are — high schoolers.

    As for where the 3 point line is, that’s a good point. He is shooting from significantly farther back than American college players, more than enough to make a difference. He has nice form, and will not doubt shoot well from NCAA distance. I’m not saying he can’t play just saying that it isn’t clear to me that he is better than what we have or otherwise worth taking up a scholarship. Again, though, CM thinks so, which is all that matters.

  • HoosierOne

    He looks great. I think he’s just want IU needs. He and DD would work their inside out magic well together.

  • HoosierOne

    DD is one of the best big men in the country.

  • IdahoHoosier

    Even semi-skilled big men in the JUCO game are a rarity. If they had any polish they would already be in D1. I live in a town with a highly successful JUCO basketball program and they routinely put guys onto D1 rosters but they are almost always guards, because good bigs are so rare.

  • HoosierBballNut

    Good PGs make a team better. Davide could make our 2018 roster great with a year of back-up PG experience. I agree getting position 4 or 5 player would be great but this move might be a block buster in the longer scheme of things..

  • And One

    I have to point out that Dennis Christopher’s character in Breaking Away was named Dave and wanted to be Italian. Now we have an actual Italian named Davide who might play in Bloomington. I have no idea what this means, but it seems to have some sort of cosmic resonance.

  • IU Hoosiers # 34, 1979-83

    Great point John. We are really thin in the front court however.

  • IU Hoosiers # 34, 1979-83

    He may even like the “eenie” food.

  • John D Murphy

    The B1G may be better, buy the highlights we’ve gotten from HS and AAU certainly aren’t. He can shoot, and he can score. Which is Rx for what our ailment is probably going to be next year.

  • Arch Puddington

    He does seem to have a way about him. Getting the ball in the hole is hard to do at any level, so even if I’m right and he isn’t necessarily better than our current players, there will be a role for him.

  • Mark Bando

    Here some recent to fairly recent JUCO big men that helped their teams. They don’t have to be the team’s best players. Just good solid role players. Cleanthony Early, Trevor Mbakwei, Carl Landry. Jae Crowder was a JUCO transfer and may not be considered a big man but he can guard multiple positions. Jimmy Butler was a JUCO transfer too. Not a big man, but I’d take him,

  • Ole Man

    He’s a good big man; maybe one of the best after Archie is done with him.
    Even then he needs backup.

  • IdahoHoosier

    I didn’t see anything in your reply that refuted my assertion. Those are good examples of the very few skilled “big” men (those you mentioned are in the 6’7″ or 6’8″ range) in JUCO. Seeing that big men from JUCO are rare, as you seemed to confirm, I wouldn’t pass up on a good to great player regardless of position in hopes of landing a white whale.

  • IU Hoosiers # 34, 1979-83

    Bingo!!!!

  • iugradmark

    Not piling on, but this is one of those areas where you scratch your head. I am glad that Archie kept the 3 signees Crean had recruited, but TB was always likely leaving so you have to wonder why we were not pursuing a big in the class. We were going to short on bigs whether Crean returned or not. I just don’t understand the lack of focusing on positions and needs during the recruiting process.

  • Ray Hallett

    From the vid he isn’t a PG. Looks like he plays off the ball and looks to shoot or drive. Looks like Blackmon junior to me. BTW that 3-point line over there looks a lot closer to the NBA line than the NCAA line. Considering we may be short of offense next year he might be a good get. What the vid doesn’t show is his ability to play defense. We aren’t going to get a big. Ask yourself, where are we going to get better?

  • TomJameson

    Freddie is an athletic 6’6″ 215 lb forward. I feel Archie will be a great coach at IU, but no matter how good you are … you just can not teach height. 🙂

  • Doug Wilson

    give him Yogi’s number and let’s go. ’87 Alford 2.0?

  • Doug Wilson

    Moretti would start at IU! who on Indiana shoots as good as this kid… he is not just making shots. Picture Davide playing the shooting game ‘horse’ and calling “nothing but net”. He would pound anyone who dares play him. that is how smooth his shot is.
    He gets trapped under the basket in one of the plays. He doesn’t panic, he let his teammates come to him.
    Think, what Archie must be seeing?

  • Ole Man

    Hey! Good to see ya. I knew you couldn’t avoid this place all summer! LOL!

  • Sandra Wilson

    I saw two things we haven’t seen in 9 years, ball fakes and good passing. Seems like we need a front court player though.

  • HoosierBballNut

    I see what you are saying.. With the kind of passes he was making, his vision, and the way he advances the ball up the court, I thought he could play point for us. He could also be a very lethal 2 in the NBA.
    Regarding the defense, if Archie is recruiting him, it leads me to believe that he has a good motor at least on that side of the ball

  • HoosierStuckInKY

    “Oh I think that says ‘fragile’ honey…”

  • John D Murphy

    I don’t know if he starts because of rotations, but he gets top 5 minutes IMO. I think he looked better than anyone else we’ve seen put up on videos here sans Romeo.

  • Vernon Aldrich

    I’d love to see the Thrilla handle the extended minutes!

  • Spooky

    Team be like, “YAYYY!!!”

  • Sarasota Hoosier

    I like this guy, could be a late season steal, outside shooting is so critical in today’s game, especially if you don’t have multiple dominant bigs. I really think Priller has learned enough through the past 3 years, that he can give a solid 10-15 minutes a game, especially if he is told that the minutes are his if he works hard in off season. During the past season, for the first time, I saw basketball skills from Priller, both in the early season and then in the couple of games in the BIG. Give him a shot. If he can’t do it, then we still have Freddie, Morgan and Colin in reserve.