Universo Treviso Basket
Universo Treviso Basket (diminutive TvB), known for sponsorship reasons as De' Longhi Treviso, is an Italian professional basketball club based in Treviso, Veneto. Founded in 2012, it plays in the Italian basketball first division Lega Basket Serie A (LBA) since the 2019–20 season.
|Universo Treviso Basket|
|History||Treviso Basket 2012|
Universo Treviso Basket
|Location||Treviso, Veneto, Italy|
|Head coach||Massimiliano Menetti|
For past club sponsorship names, see sponsorship names.
Following the Benetton family's planned withdrawal from professional basketball that would occur in July 2012 and see Benetton Treviso without backing, the Universo Treviso consortium was launched in March 2012 with the goal to assure the club's continued presence as a professional outfit. Former players, chief of which Riccardo Pittis who served as the consortium's guarantor, were at the basis of the initiative.
After overcoming some hurdles thanks to the efforts of the like of Pittis, Claudio Coldebella and Paolo Vazzoler (named president), the consortium managed to obtain enough funding to create a new club on 4 July 2012, with funds from five local businessmen and the sixty-seven firms involved in the consortium. The new company managing the club, Treviso Basket s.r.l., was given Benetton Treviso's sporting rights for free, though the latter had earlier withdrawn from the first division Serie A in order to apply for the amateur leagues (as a youth club). However, the Italian Basketball Federation, who decide which clubs are admitted into the national leagues, refused Treviso Basket's application to join the Serie A, a decision upheld by the Federal Court on 2 August 2012. The explanation by Federation president Dino Meneghin was that admitting the newly created organisation would go against league rules and create an unsustainable legal precedent (indebted clubs - not the case of Benetton Treviso - forming a new organisation to stay in the league), Meneghin also bemoaned the lack of reaction since Benetton announced its withdrawal eighteen months beforehand and the fact that the two entities did not merge.
The club reacted slowly, integrating the amateur Promozione (seventh division) thanks to support from Benetton Treviso transferred them their Under 19 squad and personnel. Treviso Basket earned promotion to the Serie D by winning the 2012-13 Promozione championship playoffs. It then considered a number of options to reach a higher level immediately, of which buying sporting rights from indebted clubs (requiring to service the debt as well). The side would earn a wild card to the fourth-division Divisione Nazionale B, finishing the regular season in fourth place before being eliminated in the promotion playoff quarterfinals.
After buying the sporting rights of B.N.B. Corato, Universo Basket Treviso, the renamed Treviso Basket 2012 (the 2012 having been added earlier at the Italian federation's request), moved into the Serie A2 Silver, the nominal third division but soon to be merged with the second division Serie A2 Gold. Treviso would go on to win a shock 2014-15 Serie A2 Silver title in regular season, moving on to the joint Gold/Silver playoffs where they lost in the first round.
During the first two years of its existence, Treviso Basket played in the Centro Natatorio and PalaCicogna (in Ponzano Veneto) respectively. In 2014 it moved into the PalaVerde (capacity: 5,144), the state of the art former home of Benetton Treviso.
|De'Longhi Treviso roster|
Updated: 27 February 2020
Note: Flags indicate national team eligibility at FIBA sanctioned events. Players may hold other non-FIBA nationality not displayed.
Depth chart (2019–20)Edit
|Pos.||Starting 5||Bench 1||Bench 2|
|C||Amedeo Tessitori||Matteo Chillo|
|PF||Isaac Fotu||Davide Alviti||Luca Severini|
|SF||Jordan Parks||Lorenzo Uglietti|
|SG||David Logan||Ivan Almeida|
|PG||Aleksej Nikolić||Matteo Imbrò||Manuel Saladini|
5+5 format (colours: Italian or homegrown players; foreign players; young players)
Throughout the years, due to sponsorship, the club has been known as:
- De' Longhi Treviso (2012–present)
- Valente, Matteo (16 March 2012). "Pallacanestro Treviso riparte da Pittis" [Pallacanestro Treviso picks up from Pittis]. CorrieredelVeneto.it (in Italian). Retrieved 12 August 2015.
- Canfora, Mario; Mariutto, Alberto (5 July 2012). "Treviso: accordo per il futuro. Ora tocca alla Federazione" [Treviso, agreement for the future. Up to the Federation now]. Gazzetta.it (in Italian). Retrieved 12 August 2015.
- Focarelli, Silvano (5 July 2012). "Titolo rilevato, Vazzoler presidente" [Title taken over, Vazzoler president]. TribunadiTreviso.it (in Italian). Gruppo Editoriale L'Espresso. Retrieved 12 August 2015.
- Focarelli, Silvano (2 August 2012). "Ultimo "no" della Fip Treviso senza basket" [Final "non" from FIP. Treviso without basketball]. TribunadiTreviso.it (in Italian). Gruppo Editoriale L'Espresso. Retrieved 12 August 2015.
- "Meneghin: "Non ho ucciso il basket, non hanno voluto ripartire dalla Lega2"" [Meneghin: "I did not kill basketball, they didn't want to start from the LegaDue]. IlGazzettino.it (in Italian). 16 July 2012. Retrieved 12 August 2015.
- Valente, Matteo (10 September 2012). "Treviso, è ripartito il basket" [Tresivo, basketball has restarted]. CorrieredelVeneto.it (in Italian). Retrieved 12 August 2015.
- Valenti, Stefano (31 May 2013). "Treviso torna a far festa con il basket. Un mese per continuare il progetto" [Treviso celebrates basketball again. "One month make the project continue]. Repubblica.it (in Italian). Retrieved 12 August 2015.
- "Storia" [History]. TrevisoBasket.it (in Italian). Retrieved 12 August 2015.
- "Basket, Treviso riparte dalla Silver. E giocherà nel mitico Palaverde" [Basketball, Treviso starts from the [Serie A2] Silver. And will play in the legendary Palaverde]. Gazzetta.it (in Italian). 30 June 2014. Retrieved 12 August 2015.
- Focarelli, Silvano (19 April 2015). "De' Longhi, favola diventata realtà" [De’ Longhi, fairy tale made real]. TribunadiTreviso.it (in Italian). Gruppo Editoriale L'Espresso. Retrieved 12 August 2015.
- "Playoff Finale Gara 3 - La decide David Logan, Treviso vince con fatica e ritorna in serie A!" [Final Playoffs Game-3 - David Logan killed the match, Treviso wins and returns to Serie A!]. pianetabasket.com (in Italian). Retrieved 17 June 2019.