Armani Jeans Milano locked up one of the top young players in European basketball over the weekend by signing power forward Nicolo Melli for the next four season. Melli (205, 19) arrives from Trenkwalder Reggio Emilia, where he averaged 10.7 points, 7.1 rebounds and 1 block in 27 Italian second division games last season. Melli helped Reggio Emilia advance to the Italian second division semifinals in 2008 and 2010. He has been viewed as a potential star for several years now, representing the Italian national team at the under-16 and U-18 levels. Melli was named to the all-tournament team after averaging 13.1 points, 9.8 rebounds and 2 blocks per game at the 2007 U-16 European Championships in Greece.
"I'm very happy to be here in a big club with great tradition," Melli said. "I know this day is just a starting point for my career."