Matthew Dellavedova is on the rise.
The most asked question to me coming from Sunday's Australian Boomers, New Zealand Tall Blacks clash was, who is Matthew Dellavedova?
A quick answer would be the best rated junior player in this country right now, but let's take a closer look at the Maryborough, Victoria junior's game.
The 6'3 combo guard is heading to St Mary's College this season to join the plethora of other Aussies that have decided to make Moraga, Ca their home during their college career.
I first laid eyes on Dellavedova earlier this year at the National u/20 Championships when he was playing for the Victorian team the finished third.
The best attribute of his game is his desire to just get the job done. Whatever is required in the game, he will be there to try and make good of the situation.
Although he is considered a combo guard I believe that he is a work in progress for the point guard position. His feel for the game is well and truly a strong point. Put this together with his decision making and it certainly sounds like we have a point guard in the making.
I would not call him a lights out shooter, but he makes enough from long range that you cannot let him stand their and shoot. (His first touch for the Boomers the other night was a corner three.) If I'm Dellavedova, the minute I walk onto the St Mary's campus, I find a coach who will rebound for me so I can become deadly from town down.
What I believe is his strong suit is defense. I have not seen enough of him to see if he can keep the quick athlete in front, but as those of us that saw the Boomers play the other night, he can be given a job of trying to shut the key perimeter player.
He has good size, 6'3, so he can match up on most wing players while also having the speed. He did a great job on New Zealand's Kirk Penney in Game 1. He wore him like a glove during he second half and eventually that wore Penney down.
Dellavedova will not face many better than Kirk Penney in the WCC.
Where do I see his game going?
If this young man has a good work ethic and continues to develop his game over the next few years at St Mary's, who knows.
The way he already plays the game with a level of intensity that most kids do not have yet, he is already on a winner.
His offensive game needs some refining in the fact he needs to become a consistent shooter from deep and add a mid range game. Whether that is being able to work the pick and roll at the point guard spot or coming of picks and knocking down the open three if playing the two guard spot, he needs to start developing an arsenal of moves.
I see him being a point guard of the future which would be good from an international level. Australia has been forever looking for a bigger, stronger point guard to match up with the great versatile European teams.
Where his career ends up will depend on how he develops his game over the next few years.
St Mary's should be nothing but a positive experience for the kid's game under Head Coach Randy Bennett.
And who knows, could he follow in Pat Mills footsteps as the next Aussie to be drafted into the NBA?