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Olimpia Milan agreed on a multi-year deal with Davide Moretti, born in Bologna on March 25, 1998, 1.90 mt tall, guard, coming from Texas Tech University, in Lubbock, where he played for the last three seasons. “I’m very happy and proud to be part of an ambitious and legendary club and its project. Coach Ettore Messina, his will to win and his charisma, have been crucial for my decision. I can’t wait to start this new journey, to learn and improve within a top-level organization in Europe,”, Davide Moretti said. “Davide Moretti will make our nucleus of Italian players stronger. He’s a young guy we believe in, who’ll be part of our plans for many years, a guy with the right basketball and personal qualities to help the development of our project”, Olimpia’s general manager Christos Stavropoulos said.

HIS CAREER – After playing in the Pistoia and Stella Azzurra Rome youth teams, Moretti made his Italian league debut in 2014/15 in Pistoia. During the following two seasons, he played in the second league in Treviso and finally in 2017 he moved to Texas Tech. With the Red Raiders, he appeared in 106 games over three years. In the 2018/19 season, the team made the NCAA championship game, losing to Virginia. He averaged 11.5 points per game, was named on the All-Big 12 conference 3rd team and led the conference in free-throw shooting percentage, converting 92.4 percent of his attempts, repeating in 2019/20 while averaging 13.0 points per game.

NOTES – Davide Moretti is the oldest son of Paolo Moretti, who won three Italian championships in his playing career and the silver medal at the 1997 European Championship with the Italian National Team. He’s competed in eight official youth competition with Italy, including the 2014 Under 17 World Championship and the 2016 Under 18 European Championship when he helped the team conquered the bronze medal.



The words Davide Moretti wanted to share on his social media channels to greet the fans and the University of Texas Tech:

“Red Raider nation, there are so many things I would like to say.. First off I want to say that it was a pleasure to play in front of the best crowd in the nation for the last three years. You guys pushed me to be a better player, a great role model and most importantly you gave me a reason to leave it all out on the floor, every single game.
I have never been more committed to a program than I was to Texas Tech, it was an honor to represent one of the elite programs in college basketball on and off the court.
I have memories that will last a lifetime and teammates that I consider brothers.
I am sure this past year would have been another one to remember if only we could have played till the end.
It has been the toughest decision of my life, trust me.. but I thought this could be a great opportunity for me to pursue my dream.
I hope you all will understand.
Lastly I wanted to thank Coach Beard and all the great coaches that I had the pleasure to be coached by, you changed my life forever, you pushed me to be the best version of myself and I wouldn’t be the player and the person I am today without you all.
You all are my second family and I truly mean it.
I will always be part of that Elite8 team, member of that BigXII champion team and member of the first team to ever reach the Final Four, but most importantly
I will always be a Red Raider 
???⚫️ Thank you from the bottom of my heart”

Moro #25



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(English version)

You say Sandro Gamba and you struggle to find an adjective that contains it all. He was a winning player: ten league titles in Milan, as well as two Olympics with the national team where he earned his captain’s ranks. He was a winning coach: five Italian titles, a couple of Champions cups and as many cups of the Cups on the benches in Milan (as vice), Varese, Turin and Virtus Bologna. He was a winner as a blue coach: a European title, Olympic silver, plus a continental silver and bronze. He was a winning character: it is no coincidence that the Americans entered him in the Hall of Fame, after his teacher Cesare Rubini and before Dino Meneghin. Today, at 87, he is an attentive observer of all basketball, Italian and beyond, who he judges with the same rigor as when he was on the field.

Gamba, you are among the few who have been champions on the field and on the bench: is there a quality that has been the leitmotif of a successful career lasting over forty years?

‘An iron will: when I make a decision, it is difficult to make it change.’

How would you define your career?

“An enormous satisfaction: in basketball I managed to do things unthinkable for someone to whom they would have to amputate a hand.”

Tell us..

‘History is known. For me, the day of Liberation is also the one in which I was wounded. On April 25, 1945, I was playing football near home, in via Washington in Milan, when a gunfight started (between fascists and partisans, ed) and I was hit in the hand. For doctors it was necessary to amputate. It was a captain of the American army, Elliott Van Zandt, who would later become our national team coach, to help me: he taught me some exercises, such as slapping a ball and dribbling all day, which allowed me to recover the lost sensitivity. From there I chose basketball, which also gave me a job, because in addition to playing I was the representative for Simmenthal. And to say that I wanted to be a cyclist (he was born on 3 June, world bike day, editor’s note): I won the first race at the age of 14 “.

Good staff for basketball: you was first a great player and then a great Coach:

‘I owe everything to Cesare Rubini. At 18 he took me to the first team: the rest, to follow. Then he asked me to be his deputy when I was 33 years old: I thought about it one night before accepting. Even though I understood earlier that I was destined for the bench: when I spoke, my teammates paid attention to me. Natural leadership, perhaps because I had some Scudetto and a pair of Olympics on my shoulders … “

From there came the benches of Varese, Turin, Bologna, in addition to that of the National team.

‘A pride to have led the blue team: I never expected to arrive on that bench.’

Three special teammates?

‘I speak of my first Borletti, that of 1951. Sergio Stefanini, prodigious athlete, among the best in Italy on the 400 meters, although not perfect in basketball fundamentals. Then Romanutti and Pagani. Riminucci would later arrive, formidable in character and competitive spirit “.

Three opponents to remember?

‘There are many. Among the best, Alesini and Calebotta of Virtus. Abroad, Borras and Galindez, two Puerto Rican natives who played for Real Madrid ‘.

Your ideal quintet among trained players?

‘Brunamonti in directing, Riva guard, Bisson outside, Meneghin center. As a foreigner, Bob Morse ‘.

Another memory game: the podium of your successes?

‘At the top, the tricolor play-off Milano-Virtus Bologna, on Easter Sunday 1951. I was in my first year, Rubini suddenly calls me and says to me: go on the pitch and do something. I made about ten points and some numbers, as well as a good defense, where I was better than attacking. I was voted the best player of the game. It was also the first time that my father entered the locker room: to congratulate him, he gave me a kiss. ‘

On the other two steps of the personal podium?

‘The first Champions Cup with Varese and the European gold of Nantes with the National team’.

Gamba, in the seventies a generation of coaches entered history: you, Sales, Taurisano, Guerrieri, Primo, Pentassuglia marked an era. How do you explain it?

‘The school was good. In Italy flowers of American technicians came to teach. In addition, we were all passionate about reading the technical innovations: I sent the texts directly from America. This wave began already in the sixties, when everyone began to introduce new methods, new systems: before, one played in one way, imitating Tracuzzi, in his own way, a revolutionary, because like painters, something was always invented. As well as Nikolic, who came to work in Italy, and before that Van Zandt and Jim McGregor, he also coach of the National team. It was a technical turning point, even if the secret was to have good players: without them, you won’t change anything. ‘

Many successes and an award that rewards a life in basketball: entry into the Hall of Fame.

‘The greatest satisfaction of my career. For some time people were talking about me: I didn’t really hope so much, also because there were big names at stake and the candidates were limited. Then in 2006, in the middle of the night, they called me from the United States. ‘Coach, you have been entered into the Hall of Fame’, a voice tells me. Sometimes I pass out. “Can you repeat?”, I ask. It had only happened to Rubini, whom I wanted to remember in my Springfield speech in addition to my wife Stella, it would then have happened to Meneghin: it was the last great joy that basketball gave me “.

If you were to make a report on Italian basketball in the third millennium, what have you enjoyed most in the last twenty years?

‘The organization. The fields have improved, federation and league have however given a greater order “.

What did you like least?

‘At a technical level, there is no group of coaches capable of renewing themselves. There are no longer any coaches who can’t wait to finish the championship to fly to the States to follow the clinics, which remain very useful for training: the push we had a few years ago stopped a little. “

Where is this basketball lacking?

‘In the teaching. Basketball is one of the most difficult sports to teach: seeing the games, there are coaches who leave me with some doubts. ‘


What do you mean?

‘The generations we spoke of earlier were made up of technicians who knew how to teach: they were persistent, picky. Maybe there were those who worked mainly on defense and that made a trademark. This is why there has been a qualitative leap. For a long time, maybe too long, you have not said ‘that is a team of Zorzi’, as it happened in the past, recognizing its technical footprint: most of the time, you have to ask who is training ‘.

In Nba it happens that the coaches are invited to improve the game in order not to devalue the product. By the way: do you follow overseas events?

‘I look at everything: professionals, colleges, what television offers.’

How do you see this increasingly numerous migration of our young people to American universities?

‘It is a positive fact, even if ships full of players do not leave: the talents that go to the US are few. Unfortunately so far I have not seen athletes who, after high school, have made great progress, or who, returning home, have become leaders in the championship. Those who take that road better go to a small college where they have the opportunity to play, possibly under great coaches: in my day people like Carnesecca and Ramsay were real masters’.

In the third millennium, apart from an initial blaze, we saw the National team die out: how do you explain it?

‘The reason is: we don’t produce good international players. Or rather, we have few: those who sit on the blue bench find it difficult to cover all the roles. To win something you need talent, because there are no broccoli around. Great stimuli are also needed: a player must want to win with the blue shirt, not just dress it to make a resume. It would help the whole environment: when we won medals with my national team, it was a shock for the entire Italian movement. “

Gamba, if for one day he had the power to change Italian basketball, what move would he make?

‘I speak as a coach: I would do everything to improve the players. In recent years I have not noticed much progress: in the preparation of the athletes, and consequently in the championship, nothing happens again. As an expert, it strikes me that you always play in the same way: I no longer see one on one, I don’t even see defending like Meneghin, even if Dino was unique. It also affects the technical choice of foreigners: today many strangers of modest value arrive when instead we would need those who really move, as they once said. With their class they were also the models to grow the new generations, already in looking at them the young people improved. Instead there are players who make mistakes and, after two months, they repeat them: and this, honestly, is not a good sign. “

Angelo Costa

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Basketball Hall of Fame ceremony , Springfield Ma  2006

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[et_pb_section fb_built=”1″ _builder_version=”3.22″ _i=”0″ _address=”0″][et_pb_row _builder_version=”3.25″ background_size=”initial” background_position=”top_left” background_repeat=”repeat” _i=”0″ _address=”0.0″][et_pb_column type=”4_4″ _builder_version=”3.25″ custom_padding=”|||” _i=”0″ _address=”0.0.0″ custom_padding__hover=”|||”][et_pb_text _builder_version=”3.27.4″ background_size=”initial” background_position=”top_left” background_repeat=”repeat” _i=”0″ _address=”″]When the 2019/2020 season, Davide Moretti’s Junior season, began on November 5, 2019 the Red Raiders played their first match at Supermarkets Arena in Lubbock against Eastern Illinois University. Texas Tech made five consecutive victories in the first seasonal matches, which however did not help to dispel the doubts of the American analysts, who however attributed to Coach Beard and his staff great credit for the triumphant past season. Since the beginning of the year, in fact, the college basketball experts had several question marks about the finalist team of the last NCAA tournament, two above all were the young age and the physical size of the roster not competitive with the top national teams, especially in the painting.

At the end of November, the first demanding tests arrived, which coincided with three consecutive losses for Texas Tech against Iowa of the revelation Garza (nephew of Teo Alibegovic), Creighton and DePaul. These games highlighted the difficulties of a group that was not yet a team and that had not yet assimilated the defensive and offensive concepts of Chris Beard.

On 10 December the lights of Madison Square Garden came up for Moretti and his team who in Jimmy Valvano Classic faced one of the toughest opponents of the moment: the Cardinals of Louisville, #1 in the national ranking, who presented themselves in the most fascinating arena of the world ready to devour the Texans who were experiencing their first real big moment of difficulty of the season. The reaction of the Red Raiders was amazing: they put in a careful, solid and energetic performance like never before that led them to the 70-57 victory. A magical night also for TTU’s #25, Davide Moretti, top scorer of the match with 18 points scored and two consecutive bombs that bent the opponents in the final sprint.

The very positive impression left after this prestigious success was only a flash, however, as Texas Tech continued to alternate between unconvincing and more solid performances. Even the victories that followed the magical night of New York did not convince the most skeptical.

The very difficult Conference of the BIG XII began with a large home victory over Oklahoma State, but the journey in such a tough Conference, soon put the Coach Beard boys in front of opponents who made them pay dearly for certain limits.

The Red Raiders during the season suffered four home defeats in BIG 12 against Baylor, Texas and Kansas and against Kentucky in the SEC challenge, all painful. In addition to the 6 home successes, they have gained three major home wins with Texas, Kansas State and Iowa State, for a final Conference record of 9 wins and 9 losses. Three really bloody defeats, those that would have moved the judgment on the season from “fifty fifty” to “positive” anyway: Texas at home, OSU and TCU outside. Matches with teams that are neither superior in size nor in talent, faced with too much superficiality, little attention and energy.

Out of 13 seasonal defeats, 8 accrued in the last possessions, of which 4 at extra time. Texas Tech has either clearly won this season or has seen its opponents win.

The technical reasons for this swinging season have been three. From the defensive point of view the first was the weakness near the backboards, which very often resulted in an advantage for the opponents who managed to catch many offensive rebounds and to have second chances to make a basket, while the second the precarious solidity that often allowed the realization of easy points in 1vs1 with and without the ball. From the offensive point of view, however, the Red Raiders had limited alternatives to the perimeter with the two players (Ramsey and TJ Shannon) more able to create advantage in situations of 1vs1, little inclined to put their companions in a position to take high percentage shots.

The Moro season has been in light and dark, complicated by the fact that this has not proved to be a suitable team to bring out its best qualities and abilities.

The effectiveness of each defense is directly proportional to the solidity of the men who guard the basket. Having behind your back Odiase with Owens is not like having Holyfield and Shannon behind. Having alongside the first offensive options ready to put you in the condition to take good shots like Culver and Mooney does not force you to have to create from the dribble or the pick and roll two actions on three playing an average of almost 35 minutes per game when you are considered the your team’s first offensive option.Taking these aspects into consideration, we can analyze the numbers of the #25 of Texas Tech which, in some ways, are even better than those of the season of the final, which even had been amazing.

The figures recorded by the Moro are as follows: 403 total points achieved with an average of 13 per game shooting with 38.3% from 3 points (67/175), 47% from two points (55/116) and the 90.2% on free throws (92/102), 71 assists (2.3 per game), 53 rebounds (1.7 per game), 63 balls lost and 36 recovered in 31 games played (all with entry into the starting five) with an average of 34.3 minutes on the pitch per game (several matches also 37′-38 ‘and against Kentucky 44′ on 45’).

Davide received three individual awards this season, two of which received in the academic field, with his inclusion in the Academic All-district Award and in the Academic All-America Team. The most important from a sporting point of view is the honorable mention (All-Big XII Honorable Mention) to the ideal quintet of the BIG XII conference.

After the latest developments related to the story of the COVID-19 infection that is now affecting the whole planet, the BIG XII tournament and the final tournament of March Madness have been canceled.

The analysts of USA college basketball have tried to take the place of the commission that should have given rise to the scoreboard of the NCAA tournament, placing the Texas Tech University of Coach Beard and del Moro among the universities participating in the great ball, for the third consecutive year!
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A few minutes before the start of the match between Texas Tech and Texas the cancellation of the “Phillips 66 Big 12 Championships” was communicated due to the spread of the Covid-19 virus, known as coronavirus.

This was confirmed by the experts of the NCAA and the players themselves.

The stop was also confirmed by Big 12 on its social channels:



CoSIDA Academic All-America Basketball Team were announced for NCAA Division I colleges today, including Texas Tech.

CoSIDA (College Sports Information Directors of America) every year selects and inserts the best student-players in these teams, rewarding them for their performance both on the pitch and in the classroom.

Davide Moretti, after being included in the past few weeks in the All-District Team, on the occasion of the announcement of the teams nationwide, was included in the Academic All-America Basketball Third Team, with an average score of 3.68.

Another important academic recognition, after those already received in recent days both in terms of school and basketball performances.


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The match is inaugurated by Davide Moretti’s basket which gives way to a very sparkling first half, especially in the first 10 minutes of the game, in which the two teams face each other openly, answering the basket after the basket and setting the score on 17 -17 mid-term. After the draw, Texas Tech also manages to find the advantage, but the second half of the time is all Kansas license which, thanks to a partial 12-2 try to escape, going on +8 at the end of the first half. After 20 minutes of play, the score is 32-24 in favor of Kansas.

At the beginning of the second period, Texas Tech is good and patient to stay there, responding to the opponents ‘baskets, nibbling points from the first minutes and managing to impact the match after 6’ of the game in the second half, 37-37. Another game begins, with Kansas immediately failing to see the lead and a 4-0 break, Moretti puts in a patch, then Kansas again with Garrett and again Texas Tech’s response with the game from three Tchewa points for the -1, 43-42 at 11’ from the end. McCullar gave the lead to the Red Raiders, but Kansas once again countered with a 5-0 partial, stopped again by Moretti who brought Texas Tech back to -2, 48-46 8’ from the end. The last part of the race is really excited and exciting with the two teams facing each other and responding blow by blow, conceding nothing, setting the score at 57-57 2 ‘from the end. In the final minutes of the game, Kansas puts up an 8-2 break that allows him to go 65-59 at 35” from the end. At 11” from the end, Moretti’s triple gives hope to the Red Raiders, Garrett misses the free for Kansas, Moretti goes for the triple of the tie, possibly spoiled by an unhissed foul that does not allow the # 25 to score. To put an end to the match and the hopes of Texas Tech is the free ascent of Garrett who sets the final score on 66-62 and gives the victory to Kansas.

For Davide Moretti a great game both from the defensive and offensive point of view, surely leader and MVP of his team. Closes with 18 points, 5 rebounds, 2 assists and 1 steal in 38 minutes.

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The two teams immediately begin to face each other with a basket, with Texas Tech always responding to the opponent and managing to take the lead with Moretti’s jumper, led especially by Ramsey’s triple, 13-10 after 8′. The game is a lot of fun, made up of continuous overtaking and counter-overtaking between the two teams. In the first half, neither of them manages to escape, but not even get a minimum advantage, in fact, after 20 minutes of play, the score is absolutely equal, 30-30.

In the second half Texas Tech starts very well and manages to immediately score a mini-break of 4-0, 34-30. Baylor tries to get back down, Moretti pulls her back, with two consecutive triples he can get back up, but it is still Moretti who allows the Red Raiders to impact the match, 38-38 after 6’ of the second half. In the second half of the period, the two teams are still the protagonists of continuous hit and answer, in which Baylor manages to reach even +5 (maximum advantage), but with Texas Tech that not only takes over the opponents, but also passes back to the advantage at 4 ‘from the end, 55-52. After Baylor’s draw, the last 2’ of the game are really intense: Moretti brings the Red Raiders ahead, Baylor draws from the line with Bandoo, McCullar finds the triple of +3, but the opponent immediately draws again with Bandoo, at set the score at 60-60. In the last minute the two teams, between wrong throws and lost balls, fail to score the basket of victory, so, after 40 minutes of play, the score is 60-60 and perfect equality. It takes an overtime to decide the winner of this match.

Baylor started very strongly in overtime and to keep Texas Tech alive he tries Holyfield, 63-66 for Baylore at 2.44’ from the end. McCullar shortens for the Red Raiders, Baylor finds the triple of Teague, but the -1 TTU arrives again with the answer from Edwards, 68-69 at 47” from the end. In the last seconds of the game, a bloody lost ball for Texas Tech that sends Butler to the bezel for Baylor who makes 2/2, 68-71 at 11” from the end. The latest attack by the Red Raiders, who are forced to surrender to the siren, is not successful. The final score is 68-71 in favor of #4 Baylor.

For Davide Moretti not an excellent shooting performance, but a constant presence also from the offensive point of view in the most important moments of the match, in addition to the great defensive contribution. Closes with 11 points, 4 assists, 1 rebounds and 1 ball stolen in 37 minutes.

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Second consecutive defeat for Texas Tech who, after Oklahoma, is forced to capitulate at home against Texas. A double-sided match for the Red Raiders who in the first half perform very well both from the offensive and defensive point of view, scoring a nice break before the end of the time which allows him to close the lead in the first 20 minutes. In the second half, however, the protagonist is Texas who first comes back the disadvantage, then keeps up with the Red Raiders and finally closes the practice obtaining the victory. Texas Tech is now expected from a busy week with the last two Big 12 matches in which it will face # 2 Baylor and # 1 Kansas.

The game starts with a triple from Moretti, which kicks off and baskets hit between the two teams for the first 9 minutes of the game, with the score remaining in perfect equality, 11-11. Texas tries to break the balance and put some margin between her and the Red Raiders, but Texas Tech is good at fighting immediately, bringing the scoreboard to 19-19 after 12′. The two teams continue to face each other openly, in a very felt race both on the pitch and in the stands, with neither of them wanting to move back an inch. It is Texas Tech, however, to try to take the reins of the match in the last part of the first period with a partial 9-0, led above all by the 5 points of Davide Moretti, which allows the Red Raiders to take the 32-26 to 2′ from the end of time. Before the siren, Texas finds his way back to the basket, but also Texas Tech is no different, thus managing to maintain the advantage. After 20 minutes, the score is 37-30 in favor of the Red Raiders.

On the return to the pitch, Texas started very fast and in 2 ‘thanks to a 5-0 break shortened the distance immediately, 37-35. After the partial opponent, Texas Tech tries to respond, but is unable to get back to a distance from Texas, with the match that sees the two teams face off again and respond blow by blow with the sound of baskets, thus keeping the game always in balance, with the two teams at close range, but with the Red Raiders always ahead, 51-50 9’ from the end. The first advantage for Texas comes with a 5-0 partial which allows him to conquer the head of the match, 51-55 6 ‘from the end. Texas Tech tries to get back under McCullar’s basket, but Texas immediately responds with another break of 5-0, 53-60 at 2’ from the end. Ramsey and McCullar allow the Red Raiders to return to -2 at 1.12’ from the end, 60-58. In the last minute of the game Texas Tech goes into confusion from both an offensive and defensive point of view, failing to score and conceding 8 points in the last 50” of the game. The game ends with the score 68-58 in favor of Texas.

For Davide Moretti, a first half as protagonist and top scorer of his team, while a second period opaque from the offensive point of view, but with a good contribution on the defensive side. Closes with 11 points, 1 assist and 1 rebound in 38 minutes of play.

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