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Mattia Da Campo also lands in the NCAA: he will be Scott Ulaneo's teammate at Seattle University

Pubblicato il Mercoledì 4 Maggio 2016 - General News

 Another Stellazzurra player will be playing in the NCAA next season for Seattle University. After Scott Ulaneo signed the contract in April, now SU have also recruited Mattia Da Campo. The Stellazzurra Basketball Academy guard has accepted a scholarship from the most important city in the State of Washington. Next season he will remain teammates with Scott and will play for the Seattle Redhawks, which competes in the Western Athletic Conference, Division I. Now there are 4 Stellazzurra athletes playing college basketball in the States, after Amar Alibegovic was recruited by St. John’s two seasons ago and Kristinn Palsson by Marist last season.


CAREER Mattia Da Campo is from a town called Bassano del Grappa in the Italian region of Veneto. He is a 19-year-old guard who is 197cm tall. Da Campo will begin his NCAA journey after two successful seasons with Stellazzurra, winning the Italian stage of the U18 Euroleague and the U19 Italian League the previous year, as well as coming third in the U20 National Finals in Cantù last Saturday, where he was one of the best players with an average of 13.8 points+5.7 rebounds in 6 games. Mattia also played for the Stellazzurra Serie B team last season, where he was the best scorer with an average of 12.1 points in 28 games (with a record of 32 points against Scauri), adding 5.1 rebounds and 3.0 assists each game. As Mattia is enrolled on a Mathematics course at La Sapienza University in Rome, his intention would be to study Mathematics & Statistics at Seattle University.


MATTIAI am so happy”, says Mattia. “Sincerely I didn’t think of the possibility to go and play college basketball in the States, but last December this opportunity was proposed to me. However, in the last months I hadn’t heard anything else, until just before leaving for the finals in Cantù I received documents to sign from Seattle University, offering me a scholarship which I accepted with great enthusiasm. The fact that I will be joining Scott in Seattle and that other two Stellazzurra players, Amar and Kristinn, play in the NCAA confirms that Stella Azzurra, if ever there was a need for confirmation, works really well with young athletes”.


D’ARCANGELI Our dreams are starting to become a reality”, claims Germano D’Arcangeli, director of Stellazzurra Basketball Academy, as well as being Mattia’s head coach in Serie B and U20 this season. “Thanks to the contacts we have established in the past three years with Division I colleges, our boys (and soon our girls too) had and will always have the opportunity to cross the Ocean to take part in what we feel is the most unique experience, from a sporting point of view as well as a human one. It is a dream for us, but a dream for our players too, such as Amar, Kristinn, Scott, Mattia and hopefully many more in the future”.


SEATTLE REDHAWKS In the last couple of years the Seattle Redhawks scouts are one of the most frequent guests at our Arena Felici. The University team play their home games at KeyArena in Seattle (in the pic below), a venue which holds almost 18 thousands spectators and was the Arena for the NBA Supersonics back in the day. The Seattle Redhawks are led by Cameron Dollar, who next year will begin his eighth season as Head Coach. Last season they ended the Western Athletic Conference in 4th place with a 7 wins and 7 defeats record (15-17, seasonal total), getting knocked out in the second round of the WAC Tournament and missing the NCAA tournament qualification. The team’s highest achievement was reaching the Final Four in 1957/58, where they lost the Final Game to Kentucky. The most famous SU athlete is the hall of famer Elgin Baylor, 11 time NBA “All Star” player in the 60’s.