Player: Davide Moretti
School: Balogna, Italy
Offers: Indiana, Texas Tech, UConn, Utah
Recruiting Services: N/A
Cumulative Ranking: N/A
2017 Italian PG Davide Moretti committed to Texas Tech, per sources. Averaged 14.8 PPG in FIBA u18 Euro Championships.
— Evan Daniels (@EvanDaniels) June 10, 2017
Moretti is an Italian guard who reviously played for the U22 team for Treviso Basket, was named the as teh best player for the Serie A2 (this is apparently the seocond Italian division), where he averaged 12.7 points and 2.2 assists per game. The link above is a terrific break-down of Moretti’s game from Riccardo DeAngelis of Italhoop.it. For the 2016 FIBA U18 team where he played in the European Championships, Moretti averaged 14.8 points, 5 assists on 45.7% 3-point shooting, 2 rebounds and 1.2 steals a game.
For me, it’s pretty clear why Texas Tech wanted Moretti and it’s because he can shoot. When Texas Tech lost Jordan Brangers to Western Kentucky, it left a pretty big void in terms of what was expected to be a significant contributor as a shooter. Moretti replaces that and I don’t think that Moretti has Branger’s range just yet, he definitely on his way. Moretti has good handles, but he tends to dominate the ball a bit, or he needs the ball in his hands to create. He’ll have to learn how to allow others to do a bit more in Chris Beard’s motion offense.
Moretti isn’t a high-end athlete, so he’ll have to depend on his shooting ability more than anything else I think at the college level. He’s able to drive and dish in and around the rim, but I worry about his ability to finish. The Italian article noted above noted that Moretti still needs to work on defense and decision making.
The things that he really has a handle on are his shooting, his ability to fake and move to an open spot, that’s not something that you typically see from players his age. He’s got a nice mid-range game and he’s not afraid to pull up from anywhere for that three-point shot. He’ll be great in transition threes because I’m going to guess he’ll find the open spot.
With Moretti’s commitment that means that one other player is leaving that’s currently on the roster. What was maybe going to be a JUCO-heaving class has turned into a stellar freshman class with the addition of Jarrett Culver, Zhaire Smith, Malik Ondigo and Daniel Mading. Add in Hyron Edwards and Josh Webster from the JUCO ranks and you’ve just about turned over more than half of the roster.