elflessness is a desirable quality to look for in a friend, and an even better trait to have in a teammate. In basketball, a player who shares the ball may not get as much glory as a player who takes an abundance of shots and scores a heap of points. But their coaches and teammates know how truly valuable they are. Ball movement simply makes scoring easier for teams, and there may not be a better player in the world right now at creating points through passing than Milos Teodosic.
Teodosic is a EuroLeague legend, a two-time FIBA Europe Player of the Year, and now a 30-year-old NBA rookie known for his phenomenal passing ability. Originally from Serbia, he is now the new point guard for the Los Angeles Clippers, but has been relevant to hardcore basketball fans for years due to his jaw-dropping highlight tapes of his surgical slicing of defenses.
Here at Boston College, there is another outstanding passer from Europe, but she has been in the United States for much longer than her idol Teodosic. Now in her senior year at BC, point guard Marti Mosetti has taken the Heights by storm.
Mosetti is originally from Trieste, a city in northeast Italy, and she was recently awarded for being the only NCAA athlete to hail from Trieste. She has been playing basketball since age 12, and cites her grandfather as the driving force behind her love of the sport. But she only ended up on the court after growing out of her first sport of choice.
“I started off by doing gymnastics, but then they told me I was getting too tall,” Mosetti said. “I’m pretty competitive so I just quit gymnastics because I realized I wasn’t gonna get that far and started basketball because of my granddad.”
When she was around 16 years old, Mosetti lived alone for two years in Vicenza, which is a little more than three hours from her home, to play basketball professionally for Famila Schio. One of her teammates, Kathrin Ress, had played at BC before playing for Famila Schio, and she played a huge role in getting Mosetti in touch with her alma mater.
Mosetti didn’t want to give up her university studies to solely focus on basketball, so she communicated with BC before making the trek over to the states.
“[Head coach Erik Johnson and I] Skyped a couple of times and then I had to go through the whole SAT and visas and that kind of stuff and then, yeah, I came over in the summer for five days,” Mosetti said. “It was kind of a shocking experience.”
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C definitely provided Mosetti with a culture shock, as it does for many new college students, but it was a whole different world for Mosetti. She spoke English before coming to the United States, but originally learned the British version. Learning in a classroom and conversing with peers in a dining hall are quite different tasks. Mosetti said that one of the hardest parts for her was actually separating BC and America and figuring out BC’s place in American culture. She often found herself seperating what was specifically “just BC” and what was part of the broader American culture.
Nowadays, Mosetti has already started to build her own life in Boston, although she has not lost her Italian roots. Living at BC for most of the year, it’s not often that she gets to see her family members and friends. She goes home to Italy about twice a year, always making sure she returns for Christmas.
While at school, Mosetti is active around campus and has a packed schedule on top of basketball and classes. Mosetti used to work for BC dining, and before that she worked volleyball, football, and ice hockey games for BC Athletics. This summer, she interned with the marketing department, and now she has a part-time job with Akamai Technologies as a result of that internship.
Mosetti, like every other college student, is still unsure of what she plans to do after she graduates. Whether she will stay in the United States or go back home to Italy is still up in the air, as is whether she will play basketball or not. There are seemingly endless options for Mosetti, as she could do anything ranging from living and working in the United States, to playing professionally abroad, and maybe even getting a Master’s degree in the future.
“I think the way I’m gonna go about this is to try to keep as many doors as I can open and then at the very end pick something,” Mosetti said.
If Mosetti did play professionally in Italy, she would probably have a good shot at making the roster for the senior Italian national team. She has previously played for her country, the last time being two years ago when she played for the U-20 national team, and she has not ruled out playing for Italy again in the future.
While Mosetti’s long-term athletic future may still be uncertain, the present certainly contains a lot of basketball. As a point guard, there are many different styles that Mosetti could choose to emulate, so the fact that Mosetti picked a player like Teodosic to follow says a lot her game.
“His understanding of the game is just something else,” Mosetti said. “In particular, in transition and coming off pick and rolls, are just the two things that he is incredible at.”
While she can still efficiently score, Mosetti drops more dimes than buckets and serves as a facilitator from her position at point guard. Mosetti averaged in the ballpark of four points per game during her freshman and sophomore years, but she was able to bump her assist total from 2.2 per game as a freshman to 3.9 per game as a sophomore. During her junior year, Mosetti saw a decrease in minutes, but still racked up the second-most total assists on the team, and was a valued contributor.
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C women’s basketball is in a more difficult place than it was last year. This year, the team is without its leaders in blocks, steals, rebounds, and is missing its number one and two scoring options. Center Mariella Fasoula played with complete dominance at times last year, but transferred to Vanderbilt, and guard Kelly Hughes, who recorded the most 3-pointers in BC history, graduated.
Without these profile players, the Eagles have a tough road ahead, and veterans will have to take on larger roles for the team to be successful. Mosetti is set to become a beneficiary of this increased workload, and the reins have been passed to her to improve in terms of on-court production and all-around leadership.
Mosetti recognizes the loss of her former teammates, but isn’t worried about her team’s identity this year.
“Yes, we lost them. But every year, the team is different,” Mosetti said. “I think this year we are a low-drama team, and if we are going through some troubles such as injuries, we’ll be able to handle it very well. This year we’re going to share the ball more, and Coach will give more people more responsibility within their roles. I have a good feeling about it.”
At ACC Media day, head coach Erik Johnson talked about how Mosetti, fellow seniors Katie Quandt and Rachel Gartner, and graduate student Andie Anastos have adopted a “service mentality.”
“It’s not about me, it’s not about what’s my senior year gonna be like, it’s how can I give, how can I make this team better,” Johnson said.
This mentality will benefit BC on and off the court, and hopefully the veteran members of the team will be able to instill this mindset in the rest of the roster. Last year, the Eagles averaged 2.3 more assists per game than their opponent, and they should strive to match or increase that margin this year. Proficient distributors like Georgia Pineau and Mosetti will rack up assists, but for BC to be successful, the entire team will have to share the ball effectively.
When given the hypothetical situation that her team was down two points with the clock ticking down, Mosetti thought hard but answered decisively when asked who would take the last shot.
“If I have freedom and Coach didn’t tell me anything, I think that being a point guard, I would pick the person on the floor that I think is in rhythm, considering the previous plays. I think it would be Taylor [Ortlepp],” Mosetti said.
It’s no surprise that Mosetti didn’t pick herself to take the shot. After all, she passes up a lot of them. Mosetti is a distributor, a play-maker of sorts, who knows where the ball needs to be at the right time. Making decisions on the court is usually not an issue for her, and although Mosetti is uncertain of what her future looks like beyond BC, she seems bound for great things. Mosetti may be a prominent passer, but one thing’s for certain: she isn’t passing up her time in the states—especially her senior season.
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