Aussies Abroad has turned its attention to US college basketball as the season builds towards the ‘March Madness’ of the NCAA national championship and are catching up with Delly, the St Marys point guard and one of Australia’s brightest young prospects.
Delly has surpassed all expectations in his four years with the Gaels and will graduate shortly as one of the school’s all-time greats.
Last season’s West Coast Conference Player of the Year and a finalist for this season’s Cousy Award (for the nation’s best collegiate point guard), Matt will be closely examined by NBA scouts ahead of the 2013 Draft in June.
He is an interesting and unique prospect for NBA coaches and scouts to ponder – certainly an elite reader of the game with an unparalleled basketball IQ and ability to lead a team and control the tempo of a game. He is a point guard in the mold of future Hall of Famer, Steve Nash.
“There’s not a guy with a higher basketball IQ that I know of in the country, as far as a college player,” says St Mary’s coach, Randy Bennett, of Matthew’s basketball intelligence.
“You don’t want to make a comparison to Steve Nash, but Nash was a little bit like that in college. He’s a good player. He’s very similar to Matt. You wouldn’t have known Nash was going to turn into Nash.”
His impressive performance for the Australian Boomers at the London Olympics, where he held his own against basketball royalty such as LeBron James and Kobe Bryant, will also factor into his NBA Draft prospects.
ESPN Aussies Abroad host Jason Bennett catches up with Delly and delves into his basketball journey from first hitting the court as a 4 year-old in country Victoria to realising his dream of playing college hoops and the thrill of representing his nation at the Olympics.
Also featuring will be Matt’s parents, team-mates and St Mary’s coaches, Randy Bennett and Aussie Adam Caporn, in this half-hour ESPN Aussies Abroad exclusive, which premieres TUESDAY FEBRUARY 26 at 9pm on ESPN Australia/NZ.