Italy has a long and rich tradition in basketball. There are plenty of basketball clubs in Rome competing at different levels. We are proud to collaborate with all of them to ensure our student-athletes maximal exposure. OMI can represent the ideal step for those athletes wanting to test themselves outside college and looking to start a basketball career.
The typical basketball season is longer than college, usually starting at the end of September and finishing around May. However, teams rarely play more than one game per week. A longer season provides more opportunities for our student-athletes to showcase their talent and to compete all year long.
To ensure playing opportunities, our scouts have connections with all the basketball clubs here in Rome. Our job is to match your talent with the right club so you can play and experience the Italian Basketball competition. Your profile will be promoted inside our network before your arrival in Rome so you can start playing right away!
Based on tactics and technical skills, the Italian basketball coaching school is well-known because of the sophisticated and detail-oriented style. You probably already know some of the best current Italian players like Danilo Gallinari and Marco Belinelli, both considered NBA veterans, but also some of the best Italian coaches like Ettore Messina and Sergio Scariolo
Kobe Byrant, who grew up in Italy, said that his Italian basketball experience has been one of the factors that contributed to him being widely considered as one of the greatest.
“It gave me a huge advantage actually because when I grew up playing overseas, I was learning the fundamentals of the game. I wasn’t learning the between-the-legs, behind-the-back stuff. I was learning just tactical things like moving without the ball or making the fundamentally sound passes, left hand, right hand. How to use the angle on the bank shot. How to hide behind screens – just all the tactical things. We would have been lucky to scrimmage and play once a week. We’d be really lucky to do that.” (Kobe Bryant)
We have a 100% signing rate which means that all of our student-athletes have signed with a basketball club upon their arrival in Italy. Our athletes go through a signing process that starts as soon as the admission is completed. We provide an initial valuation to illustrate what the opportunities are for every single athlete, followed by the athlete’s promotion to the clubs we work with. The rest is done in Italy where each of our student-athletes is placed into a team to
compete in official games.
Initial profile evaluation performed by our basketball scouts
Athlete’s promotion to Italian basketball clubs
We organize tryouts upon your arrival in Italy to find the best fit for you
Time to sign your contract with an Italian club
Start playing with your new Italian team!