NAPA, Calif. -- Saint Mary's senior men's basketball standout Matthew Dellavedova added to his impressive resume last week when the West Coast Conference Executive Council named him the 2013 West Coast Conference Mike Gilleran Scholar-Athlete of the Year.
Dellavedova and Pepperdine's Ana Pontes, the female winner, were announced at the fourth annual WCC Honors Dinner last week in conjunction with the Executive Council and Presidents' Council meetings at the Napa Valley Marriott.
Neither Dellavedova nor Pontes was able to attend the dinner due to ongoing athletic obligations. Saint Mary’s Athletic Director Mark Orr accepted on Dellavedova’s behalf, and Pepperdine Athletic Director Steve Potts accepted for Pontes – who is the second straight Pepperdine female student-athlete to win the Gilleran award, and the third in the last five years.
The WCC Mike Gilleran Scholar-Athlete of the Year is selected by a vote of the WCC's Executive Council to recognize the finest accomplishments in athletics, academics and community service by individuals who have completed their WCC eligibility. The award is named in honor of the conference’s first full-time commissioner, Mike Gilleran.
Dellavedova graduated from Saint Mary’s College with a 3.42 grade point average as a psychology major. A three-time West Coast Conference All-Academic Team selection, Dellavedova was named to the 2013 Capital One Academic All-America Second Team. He earned the Saint Mary’s George R. McKeon Award, given to the student-athlete on campus who excels at both athletics and academics.
On the court, Dellavedova was a three-time all-WCC first team selection. He led the league in assists twice, while establishing a new Saint Mary’s scoring record with 1,933 career points. Dellavedova was a two-time Associated Press Honorable Mention All-American, and was twice a top five finalist for the Bob Cousy Award, given to the nation’s top point guard.
In the community, Dellavedova spent time as a volunteer with Special Olympics, donating time at the organization’s basketball clinics. Dellavedova also took part in numerous visits to local elementary schools, volunteering to read to local youth. On campus, Dellavedova helped organize an annual charity soccer game in conjunction with the women’s soccer team to benefit local area non-profit organizations.