Little known Saint Mary’s All-America fact

Earlier this week, Saint Mary’s guard Matthew Dellavedova was announced as an honorable mention All-America selection by the Associated Press.

A little Internet research provided a couple of related facts that might be of interest to Gaels basketball fans:

  1. It appears the first Saint Mary’s player to earn All-America honors was Frank Kudelka by the Helms Foundation in 1948. Tom Meschery was a 3rd-team selection by the National Association of Basketball Coaches (NABC) in 1960.
  2. Meschery also earned 3rd-team honors by the Newspaper Enterprise Association (NEA) and was listed as an All-America selection by the United States Basketball Writers of America (USBWA) in 1961.
  3. Four Gaels have earned honorable mention All-America honors by the Associated Press: David Vann in 1982; Omar Samhan in 2010; Mickey McConnell in 2011; and Dellavedova in 2012.
  4. Dellavedova is the first underclassman since Meschery to earn any All-America mention.
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About Richard Kilwien

Associate AD at the University of Texas at Arlington
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6 Responses to Little known Saint Mary’s All-America fact

  1. Dan Whitehurst says:

    According to Wikipedia, Frank Kudelka of Saint Mary’s was named to the third team in the Helms All America selections: http://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/1948_NCAA_Men's_Basketball_All-Americans . He later played in the NBA

    • Great find Dan! Our records aren’t great and I missed that one! Will be added to the record book.

    • For the record, here’s what our records show:

      All-America
      1947-48 Frank Kudelka (Helms, 3rd team)
      1959-60 Tom Meschery (NABC, 3rd team)
      1960-61 Tom Meschery (USBWA; NEA, 3rd team)
      1981-82 David Vann (AP, HM)
      2009-10 Omar Samhan (AP, HM)
      2010-11 Mickey McConnell (AP, HM)
      2011-12 Matthew Dellavedova (AP, HM)

    • Dan’s statement is correct. My Father was third team. I have his Helms All American Award and display it proudley. GO GALES!
      Frank Kudelka

  2. Chris says:

    Regarding point 4. Isn’t Delly as a junior in 2012 an upperclassmen?

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