MORAGA, Calif. -- Matthew Dellavedova didn't have to put up gaudy point totals to impress one of the most well-known point guards in college basketball history.
Rhode Island associate head coach Bobby Hurley knows a little something about good guard play. A first-team All-American in 1993 that went to the Final Four three times and won two national titles with Duke, Hurley remains the NCAA's all-time assists leader with 1,076.
So, he had a front-row seat Thursday as Dellavedova used his familiar court presence and all-around leadership to record 12 points and 10 assists.
"(Dellavedova) is terrific on on-ball screens. He has great vision and can read defenses on the floor very well," Hurley said. "He has the ability to extend plays and give his teammates chances to score."
Dellavedova's assault on the Saint Mary's record book has continued this season, having scored over 30 points on three separate occasions. He continues to chase Daniel Kickert's all-time record of 1,874 points, as he sits in fifth with 1,596.
He is also Saint Mary's all-time assist leader with 622, and is closing in on David Sivulich's all-time 3-point record of 238 (Dellavedova has 235).
Recognition has also come this season for the native of Maryborough, Victoria, Australia.
He's been named to watch lists for the James
Naismith and John R. Wooden national player of the year awards and is a
candidate for the Senior CLASS Award, given for achievement on and off
the court. He was also recently named to the Cousy Award watch list, given to the nation's top point guard.
But the intangibles Dellavedova brings to the table are what really impress those who visit McKeon Pavilion, and that's what Hurley took notice of on Thursday.
"His main priority is running the team," Hurley said. "Guys are excited and want to play with (Dellavedova) because he is unselfish and great at finding big guys near the rim."