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Italian guard Moretti pledges to Texas Tech men’s hoops

Posted: June 10, 2017 - 5:02pm

After taking a four-college, 11-day trip to the United States, Italian guard Davide Moretti has made his final decision.

Moretti, who visited Lubbock during the June 2 weekend, committed Saturday afternoon to Texas Tech, per a source.

The 19-year-old, high-level guard is expected to part of the Red Raiders’ stacked 2017 recruiting class and will have four years of eligibility.

The Bologna, Italy, native visited four schools during his trip to the U.S., which included Indiana, UConn and a final trek to Utah on June 8, via Scout.com’s Evan Daniels.

During his Lubbock visit, Moretti was spotted taking in an NCAA Lubbock Regional final baseball game between Texas Tech and Sam Houston State back on June 4.

The Red Raiders can certainly use a player of Moretti’s caliber. The 6-foot-3 inch point guard, who has represented Italy as part of Under-18 FIBA and the Under-20 European Championships, also competed for the Italian team Universo De’Longhi Treviso.

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

With Treviso in Legadue, Moretti netted 12.6 points and 2.6 rebounds in 36 games. He was a solid contributor, as well, averaging 28 minutes per contest while shooting 37.1 percent from the 3-point line.

Moretti is the son of long-time European player and coach, Paolo Moretti.

Prior to Moretti’s commitment, Shadell Millinghaus, a junior college transfer guard from Northwest Florida State College, confirmed his departure from the Texas Tech men’s basketball team on June 3.

Moretti, who is expected to be immediately eligible this fall, joins a stout 2017 signing class.

The Texas Tech coaching staff earned added 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.

In addition, the Red Raiders added McKinney’s Alex Vilarino, Decatur’s Parker Hicks and Springdale’s (Ark.) Avery Benson as preferred walk-ons.

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

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