I am pleased to announce that I have just signed a contract to play professionally in Battipaglia, Italy. I can’t thank my family and friends enough for always supporting me. Thank you to the coach @CoachJWynn for this. Thanks to my agent @livonglobal & @ sanosmith! Ready to start playing !! pic.twitter.com/hh0XXKzeL1
– Amber Melgoza (@AmberMelgoza) July 13, 2020
Santa Barbara Amber Melgoza signed a professional basketball contract with Polisportiva Battipagliese from Italy on Monday.
Melgoza is a star player at Santa Barbara High and the University of Washington.
He averaged 18.1 points per game in his last three years with the Huskies and ranks eighth in Washington’s all-time scoring list with 1,717 points.
At SBHS, she is the top scorer of the women’s basketball program of all time with more than 2700 points. He led the don to the CIF-SS championship and finished CIF State runner-up as a sophomore and was named CIF Division 3 of the Year Player. He averaged 33 points as juniors and 26 points during his senior year, and was appointed to the All-CIF Open Division team.
In an interview at Battipagliese team websiteMelgoza said, “this is real” that he became a professional basketball player. “I will start a new chapter in my life. I always dreamed of playing basketball professionally since I was a child. “
He admitted that being away from his family was scary, “but I knew they would support me to the end.”
Battipaglia is located in the province of Salerno in southwestern Italy. This area is famous for mozzarella buffalo production.
After battling tough teams in Pac 12 for the past four years, Melgoza told his website that he was aware of competitiveness in the Italian Serie A1.
“I am happy about the opportunity to meet talented players every week,” he said.
Unstoppable knocker! after Sara Bocchetti Amber Melgoza arrived to inflame Battipagliese supporters.
International hit. And what a punch.
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– Battipaglia Basketball (@ PB_1963) July 13, 2020
Known for his relentless encouragement, Melgoza said he wanted to help the Battipaglia club (also known on PB63) reach the Italian championship in his rookie year.
“I certainly have to learn from my new teammates,” he said. “I want to help my team in every way and become a complete player. I want to help my team win and I want to bring a mentality that drives us to seek victory every time we succeed. “
Battipagliese coach Giuseppe Piazza said he was immediately impressed with Melgoza after watching a video of him playing for Washington.
“It is enough for me to see some pictures of the game played a few months ago by the Washington team to understand that this is a player of important quality, not just technique,” he said on the team’s website. “The style of playing and how to communicate shows that we get athletes who play with enthusiasm, heart and leadership.
“Amber is a modern playmaker who can score in many ways,” he added. “He especially feels comfortable playing pick and roll, being able to attack the basket and hit from the outside. He has great physical strength, can attack smaller opponents with his back to the basket. He can also play as a guard and defend higher players without suffering.
“I am sure that this player will also be loved by his new fans.”