Scott Machado is a pure, pass-first point guard who lead the nation in assists with 9.9 per game. Machado’s best attribute is his incredible floor vision both in the half court and transition. The game just slows down for Machado, whose excellent anticipation as a passer meshes with his roving peripheral vision. Scott works the drive and dish game effectively, hitting his shooters in rhythm on the perimeter and cutters in stride through the lane. Although not elite, he’s a good athlete, with a quick first step and a nice burst off the dribble hesitation and over screens.
As a senior Scott showed a nice touch on finesse shots over the interior line of defense and improved his 3pt percentage to 40% showing fluent mechanics and a sense of comfort shooting both off the dribble and the catch. He exhibits excellent control and decision-making running the break and with a 3 /1 assist / turnover ratio, shows a strong ability to protect the ball.
While his passing makes him intriguing, at only 6’1” he does have some physical limitations and will have problems matching up with bigger point guards. However with so few pure point guards available, Machado is likely to remain on draft boards throughout the pre-draft process. Although he has some limitations his elite quarterback instincts and ability to make teammates better give him a legitimate shot to be drafted and stick.
Our Mike Damergis spoke with Scott Machado on the campus of Iona and this is what he had to say…