BUFFALO WILD WING STUDENT-ATHLETE OF THE WEEK– Scott Machado, Men’s Basketball
Iona College men’s basketball senior Scott Machado was named the Buffalo Wild Wings Student-Athlete of the Week. Machado continues a historic senior campaign for the Gaels, leading the nation in assists and assists per game. With 317 assists in 32 games played, he averages 9.9 per game. Machado is looking to become the first player in 16 seasons to average double-digit dimes. He is also the first player in the NCAA since 1993 to record more than 300 assists in a single-season.
The senior point guard averages 13.6 points per game and shattered his career-highs in field goal percentage, three-point field goal percentage and free throw percentage this season. He ranks No. 19 all-time in the NCAA and No. 1 in the MAAC and school history in career assists (870). With 1,598 career points scored, he is No. 10 all-time at Iona.
Earlier this season, Machado was named a John R. Wooden Award finalist along with the Naismith Award and is a candidate for two additional postseason awards: The Bob Cousy Award -given to the nation's top point guard - as one of 11 finalists on a list that will be cut to five before the week's end; The Lou Henson Award – given to the Mid-Major Player of the Year.
At The MAAC Tournament, Machado was named the Pepsi Max MAAC Player of the Year. Machado added 18 and 24 points, respectively in the MAAC tournament against Marist and Fairfield and had a combined 15 assists over two games.