Delly immortalised by Saint Mary's Gaels

Delly immortalised by Saint Mary's Gaels

Australian Boomers star Matthew Dellavedova had his name etched into Saint Mary’s College basketball history on Sunday, becoming just the second player in the history of the men’s program to have his jersey retired.

The famous number four Dellavedova wore during his four seasons with the Gaels was lifted to the rafters of McKeon Pavilion as part of a ceremony honouring the contribution of the Australian during the school’s clash with BYU.

“Delly” graduated from the northern Californian school in 2013 as one of all-time greats of their basketball program, currently standing as the all-time leader in points, assists, three-pointers and games played.

These performances saw him become one of the premier point guards in college basketball, earning national accolades, including twice named a finalist for the Cousy Award (2012 & 2013) for best point guard in the NCAA.

In addition Delly would dominate the West Coast Conference (WCC), earning three All-WCC First Team honours (2011, 2012 & 2013), WCC Tournament MVP (2012) and WCC Player of the Year (2012).

He would drive the team to become a WCC powerhouse, winning two conference championships (2011 & 2012) and two conference tournaments (2010 & 2012) on the way to three NCAA tournament appearances.

Firmly entrenched in the Australian Boomers program, Delly emerged as a key component of the team at the 2012 London Olympic Games, starting all six games as the team’s chief playmaker under former Boomers Head Coach Brett Brown.

The 23-year-old continues to be a mainstay under Andrej Lemanis, playing a leading role in the Boomers securing the 2013 FIBA Oceania Championship against New Zealand.

Earning a spot on the roster of NBA team, the Cleveland Cavaliers, Delly has forced his way into the rotation, playing 43 games this season.