Construction of Andy Toole’s future front court continued on Tuesday as Robert Morris added a transfer with connections to western Pennsylvania.
Former Toledo striker Mattia Acunzo (6’8 “, 225) tells Pittsburgh Sports Now that he has decided to return to western Pennsylvania and play for the Robert Morris Colonials. The Italian native Sardinian moved to the United States in high school and played for Kennedy Catholic High School, where he won two state championships.
During his senior season at Kennedy Catholic, Acunzo averaged 12.2 points per game, playing alongside Maceo Austin and Oscar Tshiebwe, who are currently playing for Duquesne and Kentucky. Acunzo was a 3 star recruit and before choosing Toledo held offers from Appalachian State, Bucknell, Canisius, Hofstra, James Madison, Richmond, UNC Greensboro, South Florida and Wright State.
That season, Acunzo played for Toledo in 30 games, averaging 15 minutes, 5.9 points, 3.5 rebounds per game, while shooting 52.9% from the field and 40.5% from the 3-point range.
🇮🇹 The first NCAA points from @ Mattia_Acunzo, on his debut with @ ToledoMBB after a long stop (hadn’t played since March 2019)
6 points, 2 rebounds, 3 assists in 17 minutes against Oakland
3 points, 1 assist in 8 minutes against Xavier pic.twitter.com/SqtYemSutB
– Basketball NCAA (@BallNcaa) November 28, 2020
A veteran talent appraiser tells Pittsburgh Sports Now that Acunzo “has a great flair for the game, can clear the ground and really pass the ball for a great man. He is a very experienced player who brings a lot of versatility with him. “
In her first season in the Horizon League, Toole realized the need to add dexterity and size to his forecourt, and he was able to remedy that by now adding Acunzo (6’8 “, 225) and St. Bonaventure transfer Justin Wilson (6 ) added ‘8’ ‘, 225) and LaSalle transferred Brandon Stone (6’11’ ‘, 215).
Acunzo will have four more athletic seasons with Robert Morris.