2012 Basketball Preview: Trey McDonald

Written October 5th, 2012 by Tim Shoemaker

Trey McDonald

Trey McDonald appeared in 13 games for the Buckeyes during his freshman campaign and scored just two points on the season. With Jared Sullinger’s departure, though, the Buckeyes are down to just three post players, including McDonald. He will still be behind Amir Williams and Evan Ravenel for minutes, but his size could be very important to OSU if foul trouble becomes an issue for Williams and Ravenel.

Hometown: Battle Creek, Michigan
High School: Battle Creek Central
Position: Center (5)
Year: Sophomore
Height: 6-8
Weight: 240

High School Awards:
- 2011 All-Conference selection (Southwestern Michigan Athletic Conference).
- 2011 All-City selection (Battle Creek).
- 2011 Battle Creek Central MVP.

Trey McDonald is a three star athlete from Battle Creek Michigan, ranked the #18 player at his position in the 2011 recruiting class by scout.com. He averaged 9.8 points and 6.4 rebounds per game during his Junior year – both were team leading. He was also a letterman in cross country for three years, and track for a single season.
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2012 Basketball Preview: Amedeo Della Valle

Written October 3rd, 2012 by Gary Russell II

Amedeo Della Valle.

This week’s basketball schedule has been altered slightly, so expect Tim’s look at Trey McDonald on Friday night and Eric’s look at Evan Ravenel on Sunday. The Tuesday/Thursday schedule will resume next week!

The loss of several stars to early entry into the NBA draft has made recruiting little tougher for Thad Matta. The scholarships have dwindled for the 2012-2013 season leaving just one open spot for a new-comer. Amedeo Della Valle will have the honor of being the lone newbie to this year’s squad.

Over the last couple of years the Bucks have lost the likes of Jon Diebler and William Buford. This has left Matta searching for someone to step in to fill the scoring void in the Buckeyes’ lineup. If Della Valle (or ADV for short) lives up to his hype, Matta will have found that someone and maybe even more.

Hometown: Alba, Italy
High School: Findlay Prep (Las Vegas)
Position: Guard (2,1)
Year: Freshman
Height: 6-5
Weight: 190

ADV comes from a basketball background. His father, Carlo, played 15 years as a pro basketball player. His father never pushed ADV to become a basketball player which, in my opinion, was the best move Carlo could have made. Carlo allowed ADV to play soccer and basketball both and always told him to “play what you like”.
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