Delly plays starring role for Saint Mary's

Delly plays starring role for Saint Mary's

Australian Boomers star Matthew Dellavedova has continued his amazing start to the college basketball season, leading his Saint Mary’s Gaels to the Semi Finals at the Anaheim Classic.

The senior guard was instrumental in the three-game tournament, putting up a career-high 32 points in the opening win over Drexel, a dominant offensive performance.

For fans of the country Victorian prodigy it’s hard not to get excited about the future prospects, with ESPN college basketball expects lavishing praise on the 22-year-old.

During the broadcast of the Saint Mary’s 76-64 win over Drexel ESPN college basketball expert Stephen Bardo said he believes Dellavedova has the potential to be a late first round pick in the 2013 NBA Draft.

After the career-best performance against Drexel, fellow ESPN analyst and former college coach Fran Fraschilla took to twitter proclaiming the Saint Mary’s senior the “best pick-and-roll guard in country”.

The opportunity to play-off for the Anaheim final was denied by Pacific University, who got the better of the Gaels 76-66 despite 16 points from Dellavedova.

The London Olympian showed off his ability to create for his teammates in the third-place playoff, dishing out 8 assists in a brilliant passing display, but it was not enough as Georgia Tech claimed a victory.

Dellavedova is currently averaging 17.2 points and 4.8 assists per game through the first six games of the college season.

The good times continue to roll for Dellavedova after a breakout 2012 London Olympic Games saw the talented guard cement a starting five position for the tournament.

“Delly” averaged more than 28 minutes a game (#3 behind Joe Ingles and Patty Mills) leading the team in assists (4.5 per game) to go with his 7.3 points per game.