Thursday, January 17, 2013
Elite company for Dellavedova?
By Luke Lapinski
It's not as if Matthew Dellavedova wasn't already one of the better players in college basketball entering the 2012-13 campaign. He played big minutes when Saint Mary's made its run to the Sweet 16 in 2010, and was the main reason the school appeared in the NCAA Tournament again last season. On top of that, he had averaged double-digit points and a significant assist total in each of his first three years in school, and those numbers improved each season.
The trend is continuing this year as well, despite how high Dellavedova had set the bar coming in. Following Wednesday night's last second heroics against Brigham Young (it's worth another look), the senior guard is averaging 17.3 points and 6.5 assists per game. To put that in perspective, the only other players in the country pouring in 17 points and dishing out six assists per game are Baylor's Pierre Jackson (18.6 ppg, 6.1 apg) and Michigan's Trey Burke (18.0 ppg, 7.1 apg). That's a pretty select group, and it's indicative of just how dangerous the Gaels could be as this season unfolds.