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Matthew Dellavedova can look forward to plenty more interviews as a professional basketball player.
Matthew Dellavedova can look forward to plenty more interviews as a professional basketball player.
MBK | Dellavedova Preps For NBA Draft
Release: Sunday 06/25/2013 
by SMC Athletics

MORAGA, Calif. -- The last few weeks have been a study in patience for Matthew Dellavedova.

Over that period, Saint Mary's star guard has done all he can to impress upon NBA coaches and executives just what Gaels fans have come to learn over the past four years.

There is always a spot on the court for a player with skills like his.

Having graduated from Saint Mary's in June, Dellavedova has used the summer to take the next step in his basketball journey.

Lately, that's meant a whirlwind tour of NBA cities. He started in Brooklyn, N.Y. with a group workout in late May, earning rave reviews from those in attendance.

Since then, the Maryborough, Victoria, Australia native has visited multiple cities, and with a trip to Los Angeles on Tuesday, the Gaels' all-time leading scorer estimates he will have participated in 12 workouts.

"It's been exciting and really busy," Dellavedova said while sitting in one of the myriad airports he has visited. "I've Just been flying around to teams and working out. It's a lot of airports and hotels."

So, what does Dellavedova actually do when he visits a team?

The workout is only one part, albeit the most taxing. Individual drills, along with 3 on 3 play, tend to be the most common, he says. He's gotten to know new players and tried to accentuate his strengths with a new cast of characters in nearly every city.

"I think I've shown my leadership skills in the workouts," Dellavedova said. "I think I've also tried shown that I can hit the NBA 3-pointer and shown that I can defend as well."

His natural ability as a leader has shown on the court, but he's also tried to impress in the interview room as well.

Each team has asked questions of the 6-foot-4 point guard, and they've ranged from questions about his family to his time at the Australian Institute of Sport to his storied career at Saint Mary's.

"Most of the teams have an interview," Dellavedova said. "You just try to tell them what you think you can bring the team."

Dellavedova will find out Thursday if the last few weeks have made an impact, as the NBA Draft takes place starting at 4 p.m. (PDT) in Brooklyn. He said he won't be hosting a huge party to watch the proceedings, instead keeping things low-key and watching with friends.

SMC Basketball Draftees
Patrick Mills (2009), Portland, 2nd round
Peter Thibeaux (1983), Golden State, 4th round
Tom Meschery (1961), Golden State, 1st round
Bill Bagley (1955), Milwaukee, 5th round
Ben Gibson (1952), New York
Ron Livingston (1947), New York
Bill Burke (1947), Washington