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Matthew Dellavedova is a candiate for the Naismith & Wooden Awards.
Matthew Dellavedova is a candiate for the Naismith & Wooden Awards.
MBK| Dellavedova Named To Naismith Watch List
Release: Friday 11/13/2012 
by SMC Athletics

ATLANTA, Ga. -- Saint Mary's senior guard Matthew Dellavedova is one of 50 players nationally included on the 2012-13 Naismith early season watch list, the Atlanta Tipoff Club announced today.

The 50-player watch list was compiled by the Atlanta Tipoff Club’s Board of Selectors, which based its criteria on player performances from the previous year and expectations for the 2012-2013 college basketball season. The Naismith Men’s College Player of the Year presented by AT&T will be awarded on April 7, 2013 in Atlanta.

Dellavedova, the reigning West Coast Conference Player of the Year, served as the starting point guard for the Australian National Team at the 2012 London Olympics and is also on the watch list for the John R. Wooden Award.  He is the Gaels' all-time assist leader and is on pace to become the school's leader in several other statistical categories, including points scored.

“This is a terrific time of year, filled with hope and optimism among players, coaches and fans,” said Eric Oberman, executive director of the Atlanta Tipoff Club. “We look forward to seeing all the student-athletes display their talents on the court and showcase themselves as viable Naismith Trophy candidates.”

“AT&T is proud to support the tradition of the Naismith Trophy and help recognize these student-athletes for their hard work,” said Jamie Kerr, Director, AT&T Corporate Sponsorships. “We wish each candidate the best of luck and every fan a memorable college basketball season.”

In late February, the Atlanta Tipoff Club’s Board of Selectors will compile a mid-season team of the top 30 players in the nation. Then in March, the Naismith Trophy voting academy will narrow the list to the four finalists.

Other notable Naismith Men’s College Player of the Year alumni include two three-time winners in Bill Walton and Ralph Sampson, Michael Jordan, Kevin Durant and last year’s winner, Anthony Davis of Kentucky. The Naismith Men’s College Player of the Year presented by AT&T is the most prestigious national award presented annually to college basketball’s best player.

For more information, visit www.naismithawards.com.