MORAGA, Calif. – The Saint Mary’s College men’s basketball program will retire the familiar number “4” worn by Matthew Dellavedova ’13 in a special pregame ceremony on Saturday, Feb. 15 when the Gaels host Brigham Young University at McKeon Pavilion.
Currently a member of the Cleveland Cavaliers of the National Basketball Association, Dellavedova will attend the ceremony during the team’s break from competition for the league’s annual All-Star weekend.
Dellavedova concluded his 4-year career at Saint Mary’s last season as the school’s all-time leader in several statistical categories and was a 3-time all-West Coast Conference selection, the 2012 league player of the year and a 2-time Capital One Academic All-America® selection.
The addition of Dellavedova’s number “4” gives Saint Mary’s two men’s basketball retired numbers and a total of six overall: Anja Bordt (15), women’s basketball; Tom Candiotti (49), baseball; Tricia Dean (9), softball; Tom Meschery (31), men’s basketball and Herman Wedemeyer (11), football.
Banners honoring the retired numbers of Bordt, Dellavedova, Meschery and Wedemeyer will hang in McKeon Pavilion, while Candiotti and Dean are displayed in the SMC baseball and softball facilities.
A native of Maryborough, Victoria, Australia, Dellavedova is the school’s all-time leader in scoring (1,933), 3-pointers made (288) and attempted (761), free throw percentage (.860), assists (778), games played (136) and games started (133).
Throughout his four years in Moraga, he also entered the record books in several single-season categories. He earned four of the top 11 single-season assist totals and four of the top 6 marks in minutes played. He set a single-season record for assists (223), games played (35) and started (35) and minutes played (1,273).
The fifth player in school history to earn three first-team all-West Coast Conference honors, Dellavedova was named the league’s Player of the Year in 2012 and was the WCC Tournament MVP that same season. He was among the five finalists for the Bob Cousy Award, given to the nation’s top point guard, twice and earned the Lou Henson Player of the Year Award as a senior.
Dellavedova showed his true character off the floor as one of the most popular athletes in school history. He was a finalist for the Lowe’s Senior CLASS Award, given to a student-athlete who excels athletically, academically and in the community. In the classroom, Dellavedova became the school’s first-ever male first-team CoSIDA Academic All-America.
During the summer of 2012, Dellavedova and former SMC guard Patrick Mills earned international acclaim as the starting backcourt for the Australian National Team that advanced to the quarterfinals at the London Olympic Games.
In a career full of memorable moments, Saint Mary’s supporters (and college basketball fans throughout the world) won’t soon forget the “Dellave-dagger” – his last-second half-court shot that gave the Gaels a thrilling 70-69 win at BYU and was named ESPN SportsCenter’s Play of the Day.
Wearing his trademark mouthguard, Dellavedova started 133 of 136 career games and rightfully earned the respect of his coaches, teammates and opponents.