Thad Matta has made a habit of reeling in four-star and five-star recruits during his time at Ohio State.
The Buckeyes head man, however, found himself stuck in recruiting and scholarship purgatory for the class of 2012.
Unsure if stars Jared Sullinger and Deshaun Thomas would depart for the green pastures of the NBA and unable to predict pending transfers, Matta missed out on many big fish recruits.
The only player signed by the Buckeyes this season was the lightly-heralded Italian guard, Amedeo Della Valle, from Findlay Prep in Las Vegas.
The three-star recruit was overlooked by many schools, but that doesn't mean he won’t bring anything to the table for the Buckeyes.
In fact, here are seven reasons why Della Valle can be a crucial pickup for Ohio State.