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Italian guard Moretti visits Texas Tech over the weekend

Posted: June 4, 2017 - 6:57pm

As has been the case since Chris Beard was hired back in 2016, the Texas Tech men’s basketball staff continues to be aggressive on the recruiting trail throughout the year.

Davide Moretti, an experienced, high-level guard from Bologna, Italy, visited the Red Raiders over the weekend as part of a four-school, 11-day trek to the United States.

The 19-year-old guard was seen taking in a NCAA Lubbock Regional final baseball game between Texas Tech and Sam Houston State on Sunday.

Moretti’s travel plans include visiting Indiana, UConn, Texas Tech and concluded with Utah on June 8, according to Scout.com’s Evan Daniels.

The 6-foot-3 inch point guard has represented Italy as part of Under-18 FIBA and the Under-20 European Championships. He’s currently playing for the Italian team Universo De’Longhi Treviso.

Moretti netted 14.8 points and five assists while competing in the Under-18 European Championships a year ago. He led the Italian squad to a third-place finish.

With Treviso in Legadue, the 6-foot-3 guard averaged 12.6 points and 2.6 rebounds in 36 games played. Moretti averaged 28 minutes per contest and also shot 37.1 percent from the 3-point line.

One notable fact: Moretti is the son of long-time European player and coach, Paolo Moretti.

Shadell Millinghaus, a junior college transfer guard from Northwest Florida State College, confirmed his departure Saturday from the Texas Tech men’s basketball team.

If Moretti elects to join the Red Raiders, he would be immediately eligible and join a stout 2017 signing class, which includes Putnam (Connecticut) Science Academy forward Malik Ondigo, Garland Lakeview Centennial shooting guard Zhaire Smith, Coronado’s Jarrett Culver, Gainseville (Fla.) Rock School’s Daniel Mading, South Plains College’s Josh Webster, Trinity Valley Community College’s Hyron Edwards, DePaul transfer Tommy Hamilton and Florida transfer Brandone Francis.

Culver, Mading, Ondigo and Smith are high school prospects.

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