Matty Dellavedova- The Journey from Maryborough to Cleveland

s most of you know i'm a huge Miami Heat fan. But when it comes to players my idol and inspiration is Matty Dellavedova. Here is a little piece for y'all to read

As Australians we love nothing more than a hard working underdog who comes out on top, this is the perfect way to describe the man they call "Delly". Born in Maryborough which is a small town 80 km north of Ballarat and he now resides in Cleveland, USA which is 14 760 km from where he spent his formative years. So what is the story of this 23 year old making a storm over on the biggest stage in Basketball?

Basketball has always been a huge part of Matt’s life with his Dad playing for the local team in Maryborough and his mum would do the cheerleading, in which this urged the future NBA player to pull on a Basketball Singlet at the tender age of 4 for the club that his dad played for and cherished so many years. Quickly rising through the junior ranks he represented Victoria Country at the u16’s National Championships where they took the title for the first time in over 50 years. At the tender age of 16 he left his mates and his family behind and took the trek up to Canberra to live and play for the Australian Institute of Sports Elite Junior Squad which participated in the SEABL and played teams around the world. During this time he was closely watched by the Saint Marys Gaels management under the Australian Recruitment process where he was offered to go over to Oakland and play for the Gaels.

He has been described by his former assistant coach at the Gaels Adam Caporn as "Another Assistant Coach on the Team" this great basketball mind that Delly has could well be thanks to his selection in the Australian Boomers 2009 FIBA world champs team at just age 19 where he played with future NBA players Nathan Jawai and Aron Baynes as well as NBL superstar PG Damien Martin from the Perth Wildcats.

Saying that his first year at St Marys was a success is an understatement, with him starting at PG for his first 15 games and averaging a very impressive 12.1 ppg and ranking second in assists with 153 in his first year. During his four years he amassed 1943 point and averaged 14.3 ppg and he was also honoured with some great awards during his time at the Gaels which included being named WCC player of the year in 2012 as well as 3 All-WCC first teams from 2011-13, but the most impressive complement to take out of his time in the Blue and Red was two Associate Press All-American honourable mentions in 2012-13

As a kid Matt’s dream was to always play at the Olympics. During an interview on ESPN’s Aussie’s Abroad with Jason Bennett he was quoted to say "As a child all I wanted to do was pull on the green and gold of Australia at the Olympics. When I was home last year I looked at some old school work and see in 2000 when I was doing Olympic stuff" This boyhood dream become a reality when he was plucked from the Gaels to represent the mighty Green and Gold at the 2012 Summer Olympics in London. At aged 21 he was the youngest on the team by two years to Patty Mills, he looked far from the youngest in London averaging a very respectable 7.4 pts and 4.3 ass including a 10 point, 7 rebound, 6 assist game against Russia which has Current NBA player Andrey Kirilenko.

Come June 2013 and Matty’s just graduated from Saint Marys and was not picked up on draft night. But that inner fight and the drive that the young man from Country Victoria possesses fired him up and he was offered a spot on the Cavs Summer League team where he averaged 2.8 ppg and 3 ass a game which the Cavs coaching staff saw enough in him to give him a shot at training camp which he survived and is now the four Australian on a Current NBA list and the second Australian BORN player on the Cavs list.

So we all look exited to see what this young man can do on the world biggest basketball stage. If you haven’t seen him play I suggest you do because he won’t disappoint you, he’s very much in the Steve Nash mould of player and will be a huge importance to the Cavs in the future. GO GET EM DELLY !

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