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Matthew Dellavedova

  • Full Name: Matthew Dellavedova
  • Position: Point Guard
  • Height/Weight: 6-4 / 190
  • Birthdate: September 8, 1990
  • College: St. Mary's College (CA)
 

Strengths
- Good size for his position
- NBA-range 3-point shooter
- Intelligent
- Leadership
- Good handle
- Great passer
- Competes

Weaknesses
- Doesn't have next-level athleticism
- Can he defend in the NBA?

NBA projection
Though he had an impressive college career and has extensive international experience, starting all six games for Australia in the 2012 Summer Olympics, Dellavedova hasn't turned up in any mock drafts. Scouts question his ability to guard in the NBA. But he's got skills that could land him a backup job, notably he's a great passer, can make 3s, and can play the pick and roll game.

2012-13 season
Dellavedova was chosen first-team All-West Coast Conference, and an honorable mention All-America (Associated Press) after leading the league in assists and finishing sixth in scoring, third in free-throw percentage and second in 3-pointers made per game (2.5). He helped lead the Gaels to the NCAA tournament, where they won a First Four game over Middle Tennessee before losing to Memphis in the second round.

Key statistics
15.8 ppg | 3.4 rpg | 6.6 apg | 2.8 tpg | 1.0 spg | 36.4 mpg | .404 FG | .382 3PT | .852 FT

Cool statistic
Dellavedova ended his career as Saint Mary's all-time leader in points (1,933), assists (778), 3-pointers made (288) and attempted (761), free-throw percentage (.860), games played (136) and games started (133).

Reminds me of...
Blake Stepp

What Insiders Say
Saint Mary's coach Randy Bennett
"Put it in his hands and he's going to get everybody where they're supposed to be and keep from turning it over while he's doing it. It sounds easy. [But] it's hard to find a guy who can do that. It's hard to speed Matt up. It's hard to get him out of sorts. He's very composed and he's seen about everything. He's seen big athletes against him. He's seen the quick ones. He's seen the trap.  He's seen the show.  He's seen the switch. He's seen them all. His experience and his leadership and his basketball IQ are about as high as you're going to get in college basketball."

What Outsiders Say
Memphis coach Josh Pastner
"He's a pro. The guy was a starting guard for the Australian Olympic team. In fact, the Dream Team had to change their pick-and-roll coverage against him because he was hurting them. ... He's a pro. He's a pro basketball player that's playing college. When I say that pro, you know, not in a lack of amateur status, just of a pro basketball player playing college."

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