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2010 (Senior):HEADER MATTHEW TIMOTHY BOULDIN Point Guard/Shooting Guard Gonzaga University Bulldogs #15 6:04.5-224 Highlands Ranch, Colorado ThunderRidge High School
OVERVIEW Bouldin has been called one of the most complete guards in college basketball. He finished his career ranked sixth in school history in scoring (1,683 points), third in steals (170) and fifth in assists (444). The three-time West Coast Conference selection and two-time NABC All-District IX pick capped off his career by being named the WCC's 2010 Player of the Year.
Regarded as the top high school player in Colorado upon his arrival at Gonzaga, he was immediately compared to Adam Morrison -- their similarities included the same mop top hair and competitive fire.
At ThunderRidge High School, Bouldin earned Colorado State Player of the Year honors as a junior and senior. Scout.com ranked him the 10th-best shooting guard in the country and the 45th best player overall. Rivals.com rated him the top shooting guard in the West and ninth in the nation. As a freshman, he helped his team capture the state Class 5A title and the following season, he averaged 9.0 points, 6.0 rebounds and 6.0 assists per game, but the squad lost in the state title contest.
As a junior, Bouldin averaged 15.7 points, 6.0 rebounds and 7.0 assists as the Grizzlies went 24-4 and finished second in the State 5A Tournament for the second-straight year. In his final campaign, he played most of the season with a high ankle sprain, yet averaged 25.4 points, 6.4 rebounds and 4.8 assists per game, as ThunderRidge went 19-6 overall before being eliminated in the Colorado State 5A round of 16.
As a true freshman at Gonzaga University, Bouldin started 20 games, including the final 15, scoring 8.9 points per game. He averaged 3.1 assists, 0.8 steals and 3.6 rebounds per game, shooting 44.8 percent from the field. He took over off-guard duties as a sophomore, improving to 12.6 points and 3.7 rebounds in 32 starting assignments, making 46.2 percent of his field goals.
Prior to his sophomore season, Bouldin was invited to participate in the USA Men's Basketball U19 World Championship Team Trials in Dallas and was selected for the team which competed in the 2007 FIBA U19 World Championship from July 12-22 in Novi Sad, Serbia. He played all nine games as the United States went 8-1, losing the Gold Medal game to host Serbia 74-69.
Bouldin got off to a slow start in 2008-09 before taking off after the season's fourth game. The All-West Coast Conference first-team choice ending his junior campaign with averages of 13.6 points, 3.4 assists, 1.5 steals and 4.1 rebounds per game. He made 49.1 percent of his field goals, shooting a career-best 42.3 percent from three-point range.
Handling both point and off-guard duties, Bouldin was named an All-American honorable mention, a finalist for the Bob Cousy Award (nation's best point guard), an All-WCC first-team selection and WCC Player of the Yeaer. He registered a career-high 15.6 points per game, hitting on 36.5 percent of his treys, 45.1 percent of his field goals and showed marked improvement at the foul line, making 85.8 percent of his chances after hitting on 74.4 percent of his free throws the previous year. He also totaled 4.7 rebounds, 4.0 assists and 1.4 steals per game.
Upon the conclusion of the 2009-10 season, Bouldin delved into an intense private workout schedule for NBA teams, hoping to improve his draft stock. In a recent interview, he said he still has plenty to work on in preparation for the draft. "Everything," Bouldin replied when asked what he needs to improve. "I need to become a better defender. My shots need to continue to get better. My ball-handling could continue to get better. I'd say those are my main three."
Bouldin also thinks he can help a lot of teams with his basketball IQ.
"I think I'm smart. I think I usually make shots. I'm a pretty good passer and my basketball IQ is probably one of my biggest strengths," said the 2010 West Coast Conference Player of the Year. "You hear you're in the mix with a lot of teams, but you never really know until the (draft on June) 24th," Bouldin said of his prospects of being drafted.
Bill McKinney, Director of Scouting for the Milwaukee Bucks, said that Bouldin's recent performance for the team was one of the best workouts the team has had this year. The team considers Bouldin a prime second-round target. McKinney said the second round has produced some outstanding talent for not only the Bucks but for the league as a whole.
"Not only the second round for us, but there have been a lot of great second round impact players in the NBA. I can go back to history now, Mark Price from Georgia Tech was a second-round pick and turned out to be an NBA All-Star. Dennis Rodman in the '86 draft, which was a controversial draft, ended up probably being the best player in that draft," McKinney recalled.
"There are some nuggets in the second round, whereas people are focused on the first round, of course, with the money that's guaranteed to those players for a three or four year period. We have to be diligent about our work as we were with Luc Richard Mbah a Moute and know that we can find players in the second round that can be productive players in the NBA. I'd be remiss if I didn't mention that Michael Redd was also a second round pick."
GAME ANALYSIS Made four treys on the way to scoring 22 points with six boards and five assists in the season opener vs. Mississippi Valley State...Tossed in 15 points in each of his next two games, vs. Michigan State and IPFW...Tallied 21 points with three steals, five rebounds and five assists vs. Wisconsin...Opened the month of December with 28 points, two steals and five rebounds, as he connected on seven treys vs. Washington State...Followed with 22 points and five assists vs. Wake Forest...Posted 20 points behind 10-of-11 free throws vs. Portland and doled out 18 points with five boards and four assists vs. St. Mary's...Hit for 18 points, as he grabbed five rebounds vs. Pepperdine, as he had previously scored a season-best 32 points on 10-of-16 shooting vs. Pepperdine when the teams met a month earlier...Tallied 19 points in back-to-back clashes vs. Loyola Marymount and Santa Clara... Had 20 points with three assists in a February clash vs. Portland and totaled 19 points vs. Memphis...Had 17 points with eight rebounds and three assists vs. Florida State and closed out his career with eight points, missing on 10 of 13 field goal shots in a 87-65 loss to Syracuse in the NCAA Tournament.
GAME ANALYSIS 2008-09 SEASON All-WCC first-team and NABC All-District IX selection...Started 33 of the 34 games he played in, producing 463 points (13.6 per game) behind 49.1 percent shooting from the field (156-of-318), making 42.3 percent of his three-pointers (55-of-130) and 74.4 percent of his free throws (96-of-129)...Grabbed 139 rebounds (4.1 per game), doled out 115 assists (3.4 per game) from the point guard position and had a career-best 52 steals (1.5 per game) to go with five blocked shots.
2008-09 SEASON After averaging 10.0 points per game through the first four games of the season, broke loose for 17 points as Gonzaga downed 12th-ranked Tennessee to win the Old Spice Classic in Orlando, Fla., as he went 4-for-9 from the field including 3-for-4 from 3-point range...Grabbed career-high 8 rebounds vs. Oklahoma State in Old Spice Classic opener... Tennessee outing started a 5-game stretch where he went 22-for-41 from the field for 53.7 percent, including 8-for-15 from 3-point range for 53.3 percent...Didn't get an assist in season opener, then had 15 over the next four games with 4 three times...Scored then-season-high 18 points vs. Portland State...stole pass and had shot from left side of lane that bounced off the backboard and rim with :05 to play in 66-65 New Year's Eve loss at Utah...matched his career high with season-high 26 points in 89-79 win at No. 15/25 Tennessee...Went 11-for-20 from field...Also had 4 rebounds and then season-high 5 assists vs. the Vols...Came back with 14 points, season-high 6 assists and a steal vs. Portland, going 5-for-10 from the field...Named WCC Player of the Week for his Tennessee/ Portland effort that had him average 20.0 points, shooting 16-for-30 from the field for 53.3 percent and average 5.5 assists/game...Continued his hot streak vs. Santa Clara, scoring 16 points on 6-for-9 from the field, 2-for-3 from 3-point range...Also had 4 assists, 2 steals and 5 rebounds...Scored 12 points vs. San Francisco on 5-for-10 night from field...named the West Coast Conference Player of the Month for January...Averaged 16.8 points per game, 3.9 rebounds per game, 3.9 assists/game and had a 2.4 assist/turnover ratio as Gonzaga went 8-0 for month, including a 7-0 WCC start...Shot 52.5 percent from the field (42-for-80) and 44.1 percent from 3-point range (15-for-34)...Had career-high 10 assists at Pepperdine and 14 points for first career points/assists double-double...Had 17 points and 4 rebounds win 69-62 win over Saint Mary's in showdown of WCC undefeated teams...matched career high with 26 points at Portland, going 8-for-11 from the field, 3-of-4 from 3-point range and 7-of-8 from the line...Also had 8 assists and 3 steals...became the 31st player in Gonzaga history to score 1,000 points when he got lay-in with 15:34 to go in first half at Saint Mary's...Scored 23 points at Santa Clara, going 13-for-15 from free throw line including hitting seven free throws in final 1:55.
2009-10 SEASON All-American honorable mention by The NBA Draft Report and Associated Press...Earned All-West Coast Conference first-team honors for the second-straight year and was named the league's Player of the Year...Finalist for the Bob Cousy Award (nation's top point guard) and Lowe's Senior Class Award...Mid-season Top 30 pick for the Naismith Award and John R. Wooden Award...Earned NABC All-District IX honors and was an All-WCC Tournament selection...Started all 33 games at point guard, leading the team with a career-best 514 points (15.6 points per game)...Shot 45.1 percent from the field (165-of-366), 36.5 percent from three-point range (57-of-156) and a career-best 85.8 percent from the foul line (127-of-148)...Registered a career-high 132 assists (4.0 per game), as he also totaled six blocked shots, 46 steals (1.4 per game) and 154 rebounds (4.7 per game)...Scored in double figures 28 times, including eight 20-plus point performances...Recorded at least ten rebounds twice...Disqualified once, as he was charged with 70 personal fouls and 75 turnovers.
2007-08 SEASON Started all 32 games at off-guard, averaging 12.6 points (403 total), 93 assists (2.9 per game), 3.7 rebounds (117) and 1.4 steals (45) per game...Also blocked three shots, as he connected on 139-of-301 field goals (46.2 percent), 46-of-126 treys (36.5 percent) and 79-of-103 free throws (76.7 percent)...Sat out the home game with Northern Colorado after he suffered a pulled quadriceps muscle and sprained his ankle in practice a day earlier.
2006-07 SEASON Played in all 34 games with 20 starts, including the last contests...Finished with 303 points (8.9 per game), as he hit on 104-of-232 field goals (44.8 percent), 29-of-80 three-pointers (36.3 percent) and 66-of-89 shots from the foul line (74.2 percent)...Snared 124 rebounds (3.6 per game) to go with 104 assists (3.1 per game), 27 steals (0.8 per game) and four blocked shots.
CAREER NOTES In 133 games at Gonzaga, Bouldin scored 1,683 points, the sixth-best total in school history...His 368 free throws made rank eighth on the Zags' career-record list, while his 187 successful three-pointers and 564 total field goals both rank seventh in Gonzaga annals...Finished fifth on the school all-time record list with 444 assists.
HIGH SCHOOL Attended ThunderRidge (Highlands Ranch, Colo.) High School, playing basketball for head coach Joe Ortiz...Earned Colorado State Player of the Year honors as a junior and senior... Scout.com ranked him the 10th-best shooting guard in the country and the 45th best player overall. Rivals.com rated him the top shooting guard in the West and ninth in the nation... As a freshman, he helped his team capture the state Class 5A title and the following season, he averaged 9.0 points, 6.0 rebounds and 6.0 assists per game, but the squad lost in the state title contest...As a junior, Bouldin averaged 15.7 points, 6.0 rebounds and 7.0 assists as the Grizzlies went 24-4 and finished second in the State 5A Tournament for the second-straight year...In his final campaign, he played most of the season with a high ankle sprain, yet averaged 25.4 points, 6.4 rebounds and 4.8 assists per game, as Thunder-Ridge went 19-6 overall before being eliminated in the Colorado State 5A round of 16.
OTHER TOURNAMENTS/TEAMS 2007 SUMMER Invited to participate in the USA Men's Basketball U19 World Championship Team Trials in Dallas and was selected for the team which competed in the 2007 FIBA U19 World Championship July 12-22 in Novi Sad, Serbia...Played in all nine games as the U.S. went 8-1, losing the Gold Medal game to host Serbia, 74-69...Had his best game in the opener in a 118-56 win over Mali, scoring 13 points for his only double-digit game, going 5-for-10 from the field, 1-for-4 from 3-point range and 2-for-2 from free throw line, as he also grabbed 5 rebounds and had a pair of assists...Came back the next game with 5 points in a 103-77 win over China, as his trey at 4:10 broke an 11-11 tie and the U.S. never trailed the rest of the way...Scored 8 points vs. host Serbia in the first meeting between the teams, as Bouldin's bucket with less than a minute to play expanded a 3-point USA lead to 80-75 as he grabbed a missed shot and converted the rebound, and he went 3-for-6 from the field, 1-for-3 from 3-point range and 1-for-1 from the line in 21 minutes.
PERSONAL Sociology major...Born Matthew Timothy Bouldin on 1/17/88 in Denver, Colorado... Resides in Highlands Ranch, Colorado.
SCOUTING REPORT Positives: Bouldin's basketball IQ is such that it can help him compensate for a lack of athleticism...While he shows good ability as a ball facilitator, his three-point shooting ability and lack of lateral quickness might make him a better fit as a combo or two-guard in the NBA...Has great court vision and quick decision-making, showing crafty moves and a tight handle on the ball...Has impressive strength and competes with bigger opponents for the rebound...Has a soft-looking frame and could stand to lose a few pounds (would help his adequate lateral quickness), but compensates with a long reach and nimble moves to the basket...Patient ball-handler who will generally play a take-what-the-defense-gives approach rather than try to force the issue...Has good anticipatory skills and a high release firing from three-point range, but is the type of unselfish player who will look for shots for his teammates first, rather than take challenged shots...Has the skills to play tight in pressure defense without committing a foolish foul...Shows good awareness and quick hands to execute the pick-and-roll...Has a nice spin move to avoid the defender coming from his blind side and is alert to locating the open cutters to feed the ball to his teammate...Prefers to shoot from mid-range or along the perimeter, but has the slashing ability to take the ball inside...Uses his court vision well to break down and capitalize vs. soft areas of the defense...Keeps defenses honest, as he can be deadly once he gets into a rhythm from three-point range (made 38.0 percent of his treys at Gonzaga)...Does a good job of setting up screens in the paint...Can connect off the dribble with either hand...Knows how to use his length and wingspan to alter shots and is a capable off-ball defender (170 steals)...Possess big, soft hands and has good success connecting beyond the arc.
Negatives: Lacks the lateral quickness needed to defend perimeter shooters and quicker point guards easily beat him up and down the court...With his size, he should be able to slash to the basket more frequently, but seems to be more reliant on his mid-range jumper...Needs to improve his conditioning and physique -- minimal core strength and has the look of a beer leaguer...Has decent strength but must become stronger if he makes an expected move to off-guard; does not have the power to take on athletic wing-type players driving to the basket on him...Shows good footwork and a high release, but his shots can be contested...Could earn minutes at the point in the NBA due to his basketball IQ, but while he is an unselfish passer, he is not the type that can get the ball distributed and away from double teams with suddenness...When forced out of the paint, he won't try to combat for inside position, parking himself on the perimeter to try to hoist up a three-pointer or fall-away jumper.
--Report by Dave-Te' Thomas
Compares To: DERON WILLIAMS, Utah -- Bouldin might be best utilized off the bench as a combo guard in the NBA. He might get time at the point, but needs to drop a few pounds and work on improving his lateral agility before he runs any offense. He has the range to be an effective perimeter shooter and while his lack of athleticism is a concern, he more than compensated with his basketball IQ at the collegiate level. Until he corrects these physical deficiencies, he can't be considered as a starting candidate.