Dellavedova impresses at NBA draft combine 

MATTHEW Dellavedova’s NBA draft prospects continue to improve.

The Maryborough-raised point guard stood out at a draft combine in New Jersey this week.

Dellavedova, who is about to graduate from St Mary’s College in the United States, was one of 44 NBA draft eligible players to showcase their skills in front of coaches and staff from all 30 NBA clubs.

Dellavedova performed well in individual testing, but was at his best in the five-on-five scrimmage sessions.

The NBA Draft will be held on June 27 and Dellavedova is regarded in the best five point guards available for selection.

Respected CBS Sports college basketball analyst Jeff Goodman updated his mock NBA draft this week, predicting Dellavedova to be selected by the San Antonio Spurs with pick 58.

The NBA draft is held over two rounds, with 60 players to be selected. 

Goodman describes Dellavedova as an NBA-ready guard.

“Makes all the right decisions, is tough as nails and could fit in the Spurs system perfectly,’’ Goodman stated.

Dellavedova already has a strong link to the Spurs, with former Australian Boomers coach Brett Brown, an unashamed Dellavedova fan, an assistant coach at the club.

Boomers’ team-mates Patrick Mills and Aron Baynes are on the Spurs’ roster.

Dellavedova leaves St Mary’s as one of the school’s all-time greats.

He won the 2012 West Coast Conference Player of the Year and is the school’s all-time leader in scoring, assists, games played, free throw percentage and three-point shots.

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