The construction of Andy Toole’s front court of the future continued on Tuesday as Robert Morris adds a transfer with ties to Western Pennsylvania.
Former Toledo freshman forward Mattia Acunzo (6’8″, 225) tells Pittsburgh Sports Now that he’s decided to return to Western Pennsylvania and play for the Robert Morris Colonials. The native of Sardinia, Italy moved to the United State 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/game and played alongside Maceo Austin and Oscar Tshiebwe, who are currently playing for Duquesne and Kentucky. Acunzo was a 3-star recruit and before selecting Toledo, he held offers from Appalachian State, Bucknell, Canisius, Hofstra, James Madison, Richmond, UNC Greensboro, South Florida and Wright State.
This season for Toledo, Acunzo played in 30 games, averaged 15 minutes, 5.9 points, 3.5 rebounds per game, while shooting 52.9% from the field and 40.5 from 3-point range.
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A veteran talent evaluator tells Pittsburgh Sports Now that Acunzo “has a great feel for the game, can space the floor and can really pass the ball for a big man. He’s a very skilled player that brings a lot of versatility.”
In their first season in the Horizon League, Toole realized that he needed to add skill and height to his frontcourt and he’s been able to address that by now adding Acunzo (6’8″, 225), St. Bonaventure transfer Justin Wilson (6’8″, 225) and LaSalle transfer Brandon Stone (6’11”, 215).
Acunzo will still have four seasons of athletic eligibility at Robert Morris.