Dellavedova awaits Olympics selection call

ATTACK: Maryborough's Matthew Dellavedova is in the running to achieve a childhood dream and compete at the Olympics.
ATTACK: Maryborough's Matthew Dellavedova is in the running to achieve a childhood dream and compete at the Olympics.

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MATTHEW Dellavedova is expected to realise a childhood dream today when the Boomers’ squad for the London Olympics is announced.

Boomers’ coach Brett Brown will name a 12-man squad and Dellavedova has been widely tipped to join San Antonio Spurs guard Patty Mills in the backcourt for next month’s Olympics.

The 21-year-old from Maryborough has turned heads with his form with St Mary’s Gaels in college basketball in the United States and with the Boomers in last week’s three-match series with China.

“All I’ve wanted to do since I was a kid was play for Australia at the Olympics,’’ Dellavedova said from Melbourne yesterday where the Boomers are preparing for a three-game series against Greece, starting on Sunday.

“There’s some nerves there, but hopefully my name is read out. To get that opportunity to represent Australia at the Olympics would be great.”

Former Boomers star and Perth Wildcats legend Andrew Vlahov expects Dellavedova to be selected.

“The guy that has impressed me the most has been Matthew Dellavedova,” Vlahov said.

“I think he’s a future star for the Boomers. His poise down the stretch in game two against China was particularly good to watch.”

The Boomers have 14 players in training in Melbourne, including four point guards – Dellavedova, Mills, Adam Gibson and Damian Martin.

In Mills’ absence, Dellavedova was Australia’s floor general in the 3-0 sweep of China and he moved ahead of Gibson and Martin in the race to make the final 12.

“I started a bit slowly against China, but as the series went on I got better,’’ Dellavedova said.

“It took us until game three to get into a good rhythm because we hadn’t played together for so long.

“Those games and the training sessions since have us better prepared for this Greece series.”

The Boomers play Greece at Hisense Arena on Sunday, at the State Basketball Centre in Knox on Monday and at the Geelong Arena on Wednesday.

“I’m really looking forward to this series because it gives me a chance to play in front of my family,’’ Dellavedova said.

“I’ve played against Greece in juniors, but not in seniors, so it should be a great test.”

The Greeks are rated fourth in the world on FIBA rankings.