The Cleveland Cavaliers have been as active as anyone this off-season and with one roster spot left, their third point guard was signed. Former St. Marys guard Matthew Dellavedova has agreed to terms with the Cavs on a 2-year, 1.3 million dollar deal. Although only a small part of the first year is guaranteed, this is a great deal for both sides. Dellavedova quietly is one of the most decorated collegial careers in recent memory.
He twice made the Associated Press’ All-American honorable mention (2012-2013). The 6’4 guard was not only a three time WCC (West Coast Conference) First team selection (2011-2013) but was the WCC Player of the Year in 2012. When you look at his place in the school record books, he may be the Gaels’ best player to date. But despite being St. Mary’s all-time leader in points, assists, free-throw percentage, threepointers and games played, Dellavedova went undrafted last June. The 23 year old was picked up by the Cleveland Cavaliers summer league team where he played with the same heart and basketball IQ he showed with the Gaels and the Australian national team.
Dellavedova’s summer league averages of 2.8 points and 3.0 assists in five games will not turn anyone’s head but his competitiveness along with the intangibles he brings to the game just can’t be ignored. If Dellavedova is kept by Cleveland after training camp which begins in October, he will likely be the third point guard in line behind Jarrett Jack and NBA All-Star and fellow Australian Kyrie Irving (Yes Uncle Drew has Australian Citizenship). Dellavedova and San Antonio Spurs’ guard Patty Mills (who also happens to be Australian) are the only two current NBA players out of St. Marys.
Interesting that St. Marys is a hotbed for Australian talent.