Name: Matthew Dellavedova
Position: Point Guard
School/Country: Saint Mary’s
Latest Stats: 15.8 ppg, 6.4 apg, 3.4 rpg, 1.1 spg
After four incredible seasons at Saint Mary’s, 6-foot-4 point guard Matthew Dellavedova is heading to the 2013 NBA Draft. Dellavedova is an Australian-native and just the latest to star for the Gaels and head coach Randy Bennett from that budding pipeline across the Pacific Ocean. Dellavedova averaged at least 12 points in all four seasons at Saint Mary’s and was an intricate part of the Gaels’ run to the Sweet 16 in 2010 as a freshman.
Throughout his collegiate career, Dellavedova has showcased his ability to run an offense as both a scorer and passer. He has Olympic experience having played with the Australian national team last summer in the 2012 London Games. Dellavedova has no guarantees to be drafted this June, but he could here his name called in the latter portion of the second round — similar to former Saint Mary’s product Patrick Mills, who was selected with the 55th overall pick in 2009.
Strengths: Dellavedova has great point guard skills and international experience to boot. The Australian native can facilitate an offense with both his scoring and passing skills and he’s shown the ability to make big plays at crucial moments. He a leader and a two-time national honorable All-American. At 6-foot-4, he has good size for the point guard position.
Weaknesses: Dellavedova lacks athleticism and quickness and he could struggle in the up-tempo NBA game, especially if he’s matched up with faster, more athletic guards. Dellavedova needs to be more efficient in his shooting and he needs to make sure that he can limits turnovers.
Draft Projection: Late Second Round to Undrafted
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