Summer League Magic Player Preview: Matt Bouldin
The 2014 Orlando Summer League begins Saturday. We’ll be taking a look at some of the Magic’s squad invitees. The list is subject to change, but there are currently 19 men on Orlando’s roster. You already know about Victor Oladipo, Dewayne Dedmon, and last year’s second round selection Romero Osby who is back after being cut before the ’13-’14 season began and spending time in the D-League. As well as draft pick-ups Aaron Gordon, Elfrid Payton, and Roy Devyn Marble. We’ll peek at the rest.
Who is Matt Bouldin?
The 26-year-old Gonzaga University product is one of potentially eleven guards that will get an opportunity to impress the Magic and the rest of the NBA universe. The 6’5″ guard is well known in his home state of Colorado where Matt was the 2005-2006 Colorado State Player of the Year in his senior high school season where he averaged 25.4 ppg and 6.4 apg per game. Pete Maravich is one of his basketball idols and you can see those influences in Bouldin’s style of play in both dishing and shooting.
At Gonzaga, Bouldin was named to the West Coast Conference’s All-Freshman team in 2007. Also in 2007, Boulding was part of the Team USA Under-19 World Championship squad that won a silver medal. In all 4 seasons at Gonzaga, Bouldin would lead the Zags to 4 straight WCC Titles. Matt would make first team All-Conference in 2008, 2009, and 2010. Each season he played, Matt’s scoring average went up.
Entering his ’09-’10 senior season Bouldin found himself on a lot of awards watch lists: Wooden, Naismith, Cousy, you name it. Bouldin finished his college career earning the WCC Player of the Year award in 2010, having averaged 15.6 ppg, 4.7 rpg, 4.4 apg on 45.1 FG%, 85.8 FT%, and 36.5 3PT% at 35.6 minutes per contest. He’s on several Top 10 Gonzaga records statistical lists.
Since graduating from Gonzaga, and going undrafted in 2010, Bouldin has spent time in Greece, Montenegro, and Israel. Matt won the Montenegrin league championship in 2012 with KK Buducnost Podgorica. Last season Bouldin was in the D-League with the L.A. D-Fenders at the start of the ’13-’14 campaign, got picked up by the Delaware 87ers, then later was traded to the Fort Wayne Mad Ants – who were the Magic’s affiliate – to win the D-League Championship. Matt had a crucial role in the title run. In 6 playoff games with the Mad Ants, Bouldin averaged 17.2 ppg, 6.0 apg, 4.8 rpg, and 2.3 spg on 55.4 FG% and 36.0 3PT% at 36.2 minutes per contest. This could be Matt’s last chance to finally land on an NBA roster. Orlando has room for a useful passer and perimeter shooter.