New York Colleges: Scott Machado

Iona's Machado inspired by Linsanity

May, 29, 2012
GREENBURGH, N.Y. -- The Knicks' hobbled and inconsistent point guard situation that escalated midway through the season gave Jeremy Lin a window of opportunity -- and he took full advantage of it.

Now, with Iman Shumpert and Baron Davis out long term, Mike Bibby an unrestricted free agent, and Toney Douglas with no defined role, potential undrafted to second-round point guards are getting an opportunity to prove their worth during workouts in New York.

Queens-born Scott Machado, who stayed local for high school (St. Benedict's Prep) and college (Iona), realized that when he visited the Knicks last week. And Lin's example has provided further motivation for Machado, who believes he can make an impact next season -- whether it's with the Knicks or another team.

"[Lin] does inspire me," Machado said Thursday at the Knicks' training facility. "He went to what, two different teams before he landed here? And just the opportunity that he got. This league is full of opportunities, and once you get that opportunity to show your skills, you gotta take advantage."

Not only did Lin suit up for several NBA teams before the Knicks, but he went to a college (Harvard) not known for developing draft prospects. That label is also on Machado because he played at Iona. In addition, GMs and scouts are not as attracted to point guards of his smaller size (6-foot-1, 180 pounds) and his average athleticism (he has a vertical leap in the low 30 inches), especially when the prototypes have become Derrick Rose and Russell Westbrook. Both are 6-3 and nearly 200 pounds, can jump around 40 inches, and can score and pass in multiple ways.

But what Machado lacks in stature, he makes up for with his superior passing ability in the half court and transition. In fact, he led the nation this past season in assists per game (9.9). And he showed he can D up (1.6 steals per game) and improve his 3-point shot (32 percent as a junior to 40.4 percent as a senior), which rounds out his game.

Machado, who won the Haggerty Award as the New York area’s top college player, said he considers himself a top-three point guard in the 2012 class. When asked to envision what kind of floor general he would be in the league, he said, "Steve Nash, but that plays defense."

The Knicks outing marked Machado's fifth individual workout, following stops in Philadelphia, Boston, San Antonio and New Jersey. He will also be meeting with Washington and Golden State, and then he'll attend the main NBA draft combine in Chicago from June 7 to June 8.

Two other point guards the Knicks might have an interest in are Syracuse's Scoop Jardine and Xavier’s Tu Holloway, both of whom worked out for the team last week.

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Machado a finalist for Wooden Award

March, 6, 2012
Iona senior point guard Scott Machado, who led the nation in assists per game this season, is one of 16 finalists for the John R. Wooden Award -- a great achievement, particularly for a player at a mid-major school.

(Although I'm sure he would trade it for an NCAA tournament bid for his Gaels, who were upset in the MAAC semifinals two days ago, and are probably headed to the NIT.)

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Machado named MAAC Player of Year

March, 2, 2012
Iona point guard Scott Machado has been named the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference's Player of the Year.

The 6-foot-1 senior from Queens leads the nation in assists, at 10.1 per game. He is also averaging 13.1 points and 5 rebounds per game.

Machado was joined on the All-MAAC first team by fellow senior Mike Glover, who is averaging 18.1 points and 9.1 rebounds per game. Off-guard Momo Jones (16.2 ppg) made the All-MAAC second team.

The Gaels (24-6, 15-3 MAAC), the top seed in the MAAC tournament, will play their quarterfinal game at 4:30 p.m. Saturday against either Marist or St. Peter's.

Iona's Machado makes Wooden Top 25

January, 18, 2012
Iona point guard Scott Machado has been named to the Midseason Top 25 list for the Wooden Award, given each year to the most outstanding player in college basketball.

Machado, a 6-foot-1 senior from Queens, is averaging 13.1 points and 10.3 assists per game for the Gaels, currently the top assist man in the country.

Only six of the 25 players on the midseason list hail from conferences other than the big six (ACC, Big Ten, Big 12, Big East, Pac-10, SEC).

Iona, 14-4 overall and leading the way in the MAAC at 6-1, next host Rider on Friday night at 10 p.m., a game that will be televised on ESPNU.