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Prospect Profile

Scott Machado

  • Full Name: Scott Machado
  • Position: Point Guard
  • Height/Weight: 6-1 / 180
  • Birthdate: June 8, 1990
  • College: Iona
 

Strengths:
* Great passer
* Great floor vision
* Can get into lane with quick first step
* Much-improved 3-point shooter
* Good free-throw shooter
* Rebounds his position well

Weaknesses:
* Not ideal size
* Not an explosive athlete

NBA projection:
Machado has been projected as a second-round pick. He doesn't have NBA-level size or off-the-charts athleticism, but he's a great passer who makes his teammates better by getting them the ball in positions where they can score. There aren't a lot of pure point guards available in the 2012 draft, so Machado will get his chance to prove he's capable of playing at the next level.

2011-12 Season:
Machado earned Associated Press honorable mention All-America honors and was chosen the MAAC player of the year after leading the nation in assists. Under Machado's direction, Iona led the nation in scoring (82.9 ppg) and assists (19.3 apg), finished 25-8 and earned just the second at-large NCAA tournament bid in MAAC history. Machado also bagged a triple-double in 2012, with 10 points, 11 rebounds and 10 assists.

Key statistics:
13.6 ppg, 4.9 rpg, 9.9 apg, 3.3 tpg, 1.6 spg, 35.5 mpg, .495 FG, .404 3PT, .811 FT

Cool statistic:
Before 2011, the Puerto Rico Tip-Off record for assists -- it's a three-game tournament -- was 22. After Iona finished the tournament, the record belonged to Machado, who smashed it by handing out 41 assists against just six turnovers as the Gaels went 2-1 against quality competition that included Purdue and Maryland.

Reminds me of:
Omar Cook

What Insiders Say:
Iona coach Tim Cluess
"When we went to Puerto Rico in the preseason, Scott was on a bigger stage than normal playing against some high-level teams for the first time this year and showed that he was a completely different player than a year ago. He shared the ball at an unprecedented rate. I think he left that tournament averaging about 13 or 14 assists a game in that tournament. He also worked very hard in the offseason on his shooting. So he's become over 40-percent 3-point shooter. "So when you have someone that's that dangerous with the ball, can get it to the right guys, the right spot, and also knock down shots, it helps our team a lot because we are small. We need to stretch people out. We need to hit the open man. And we like to run. And that's the style we like to play. So he's become the perfect point guard for our system."

What Outsiders Say:
BYU coach Dave Rose
"Their point guard is as good with the ball as anybody we've ever played. And he not only can finish at the rim, he's a great 3-point shooter. And then he can really make plays for his teammates."

-- Profile by Chris Dortch, editor of the Blue Ribbon College Basketball Yearbook. Follow him @cdortch.

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