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Former St. Mary’s guard Matthew Dellavedova one step closer to NBA

NCAA Basketball Tournament - Purdue v Saint Mary's

OMAHA, NE - MARCH 16: Matthew Dellavedova #4 of the St. Mary’s Gaels talks with head coach Randy Bennett against the Purdue Boilermakers during the second round of the 2012 NCAA Men’s Basketball Tournament at CenturyLink Center on March 16, 2012 in Omaha, Nebraska. (Photo by Doug Pensinger/Getty Images)

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Everyone’s favorite WCC player Matthew Dellavedova is inching closer to earning a spot on an NBA roster.

After going undrafted in the 2013 NBA Draft, Dellavedova recently inked a two year, $1.3 million contract with the Cleveland Cavaliers.

While there are no guarantees, things are looking bright for the St. Mary’s grad who hails from Australia.

Delly tweeted last night:

He told the Herald Sun: “Cleveland is looking for a third point guard and I have a shot at it.”

With injury-prone Kyrie Irving as the Cavaliers’ starting point guard and Jarrett Jack seeing additional minutes as a shooting guard next season, there is room for Dellavedova on the roster.

“I talked to Coach Brown a bit. He told me what he was looking for, that third point guard to push Irving and [Dion] Waiters in practice,” said Dellavedova.

Delly rewrote the record books in his four years at St. Mary’s as he is the all-time leader in scoring, assists, games played, free throw percentage and three-point shots. For his career, he averaged 14.2 points, 5.6 assists, 1.1 steals, and shot a blistering 86% FT.

College hoop fans grew fond of watching his late-night WCC games over the years, and seeing him get the opportunity to play in the NBA now is surely a welcome sign.

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