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44 Matt Walsh
  • Junior 2L
  • Guard/Forward
  • 6-6, 205
  • Holland, Pa.
  • Germantown Academy

Backed up a tremendous freshman campaign with an even more impressive sophomore season in 2003-04… Was a Second Team All-SEC selection by both the league coaches and Associated Press… Was the Gators' top scorer during SEC play… Skilled offensive player who has the ability to make the players around him better… Tremendous all-around game… Fantastic range and three-point accuracy… Uncanny court vision and passing skills… Has emerged as a Florida fan favorite over his first two years due to his scrappy style and reckless abandon… Wears a trademark head band… Was a 6-0 point guard as a freshman in high school, a key ingredient in developing his all-around game…

AS A SOPHOMORE IN 2003-04 - Named second team All-SEC by both the coaches and the Associated Press … Finished second on the team in scoring at 15.9 points per game, the fifth highest point total by a Billy Donovan-coached player while at UF … Reached double figures in 26 games on the season … Averaged 17.8 points, reaching double figures in 15 of 16 games on 48.2 percent shooting against SEC opponents … Scored 116 points over a five-game stretch in February (25 vs. Vanderbilt, 24 vs. LSU, 28 vs. Georgia, 24 vs. Ole Miss, 15 vs. South Carolina) … It was the highest five-game total by a Gator since 1987 … Led the Gators in scoring 12 times on the season … Compiled 20+ points in eight games (27 vs. Arizona, 20 vs. Tennessee, 25 and 20 vs. Vanderbilt, 24 vs. LSU, 28 and 20 vs. Georgia, and 24 vs. Ole Miss) … Dished out at least four assists in 10 contests … Shot better than 50 percent from the floor in 13 games played on the season … Led the team in free throws made (122) and free throws attempted (148) … Led the team in steals, averaging 1.5 takeaways per game … Averaged a team-high 33.1 minutes per game … Scored 18 points (11 in the first half), grabbed six rebounds and dished out five assists to go along with three steals in the season opener against Montana State … Scored a game-high 27 points, including 5-for-8 from beyond the arc, while shooting 56 percent (10-of-18) from the field to lead the Gators past then-No. 3 Arizona in the MassMutual Classic … Earned MVP honors for his effort against the Wildcats … Was a perfect 6-for-6 from the free throw line against the Rattlers … Recorded a game-high 19 points on 8-for-14 shooting, including two treys, while grabbing seven rebounds and dishing out an assist against UCF … Collected a season-best eight assists, while grabbing seven rebounds vs. Stetson … Played a season-high 40 minutes against Maryland … Earned Orange Bowl Classic MVP honors for the second straight year, posting 17 points against West Virginia … Went 8-of-8 from the line against WVU making him 22-of-22 lifetime from the line at the Orange Bowl Classic … Also had eight rebounds, a career-high six steals and five assists to lead the team in each category … Averaging 25.0 points per game and 9.5 rebounds for his career at the Orange Bowl Classic … Scored 20 points on 6-of-10 shooting, while perfect from the line in 6 attempts against Tennessee … Also had four steals, a team high, and two three pointers against the Volunteers… Scored 16 points on 6-of-9 shooting from the field vs. Vanderbilt … Grabbed four steals and shot 6-of-11 to score 17 points in 36 minutes vs. Mississippi State … Shot 14-of-14 from the free throw line, along with 4-of-7 from the field, totaling 25 points against Vanderbilt … Converted a season high six three-point field goals in nine attempts while also handing out four assists in 38 minutes of action vs. LSU … Put on a shooting display, scoring a season high 28 points on 9-of-13 shooting and 7-of-8 from the free throw line in 32 minutes of play vs. Georgia … Performed exceptionally well, scoring 24 points on 7-of-12 shooting, recorded four steals, and grabbed six rebounds in 36 minutes of action against Ole Miss … Scored 17 points, handed out three assists, and grabbed 3 rebounds in 36 minutes of play versus Arkansas … Scored team high 22 points against Georgia while going 9-10 from the charity stripe and pulling down six rebounds … Scored 20 points on 8-of-11 shooting while finishing with six rebounds against Vanderbilt in the SEC Tournament semifinals … Hit 4-of-6 treys in the game and also had three assists and two blocked shots … Recorded a team high 17 points and seven rebounds in SEC Championship game against Kentucky… Scored 13 points and recorded four rebounds in 32 minutes of play versus Manhattan in the NCAA Tournament…

AS A FRESHMAN IN 2002-03 - Made a tremendous splash, scoring 26 points in his debut on national television, leading the Gators to a victory over Louisiana Tech in the first round of the Preseason NIT on ESPN… The total was the third-highest opening night output by a freshman in UF history… Followed that with a 20-point performance in the second round against Eastern Illinois, helping him earn both ESPN.com National Player of the Week and SEC Player of the Week… Started all 33 games his freshman season, tops among first-year players in the Southeastern Conference… Finished second in the SEC in three-point accuracy behind teammate Matt Bonner, connecting on 60-of-139 treys on the year (.432)… Third on the team in scoring at 12.2 points per game… Shot .467 from the floor overall for the season, hitting 128-of-274 attempts… Seventh in the SEC in free throw percentage at .739, hitting 88-119… His 119 free throws were the most attempts by any Gator in 2002-03… Clutch with the game up for grabs, he got to the line more than any other Gator in the game's final three minutes, hitting 33-of-39 with under three minutes remaining in regulation (.846)… Second on the Gators in assists with 101, just 12 off the UF freshman record… Led the Gators in assists on 12 occasions and his 46 assists during SEC play were tied for the team lead… Second in steals as well with 50, he ranked ninth in the SEC in steals per game with 1.52… Came up with season-highs of 33 points , 11 rebounds and 44 minutes vs. Miami in the Orange Bowl Classic… Added five assists and earned Orange Bowl Classic MVP honors… Also set season-highs in free throws made and attempted with a 14-of-14 performance, the third highest total in UF history without any misses… His 33 points were an Orange Bowl Classic record and the most by a Gator freshman since Vernon Delancy set the UF freshman mark with 38 on Jan. 24, 1981… Highest point total overall by a Gator since Greg Stolt dropped 33 on South Florida on Dec. 10, 1996… Despite getting a cortisone shot in his left ankle before the game, he calmly delivered on 5-of-6 free throws in the final two minutes against Maryland, helping the Gators snap the Terrapins 87-game home winning streak against non-conference competition, a streak that dated back to 1989… Scored in double-figures in 17 games overall (26 vs. La. Tech, 20 vs. E. Illinois, 19 vs. Coastal Carolina, 17 vs. Stanford, 22 vs. Kansas, 33 vs. Miami, 14 vs. Charleston Southern, 29 vs. Behtune-Cookman, 12 vs. Florida A&M, 17 vs. South Carolina, 13 vs. Vanderbilt, 10 vs. LSU, 15 vs. Kentucky, 12 vs. New Orleans, 19 vs. Vanderbilt, 13 vs. Georgia and 10 vs. LSU)… Scored in double-figures the first five games of his college career and scored 20-plus points in the first two games of the season… Has shot over 60-percent in seven games (La. Tech, E. Illinois, Coastal Carolina, West Virginia, Miami, Bethune-Cookman and Vanderbilt)… Shot over 70-percent from the field in the first three games of the season (71-percent vs. La. Tech, 73-percent vs. E. Illinois and 70-percent vs. Coastal Carolina)… Shot over 50-percent from behind the arc in 15 games (Coastal Carolina, Stanford, Kansas, West Virginia, South Florida, Miami, Charleston Southern, Bethune-Cookman, Tennessee, South Carolina, Kentucky, New Orleans, Auburn, LSU and Sam Houston)… Had at least five rebounds in 15 games (6 vs. E. Illinois, 8 vs. Stanford, 6 vs. Kansas, 6 vs. Florida State, 11 vs. Miami, 5 vs. Mississippi State, 5 vs. Georgia, 8 vs. South Carolina, 7 vs. Arkansas, 7 vs. Alabama, 5 vs. Ole Miss, 10 vs. Vanderbilt, 6 vs. Kentucky, 8 vs. LSU and 6 vs. Sam Houston)… Third on the team with five 20-point games… Had five steals (season-highs) in two games (E. Illinois and Coastal Carolina)… Shot 50-percent (4-8) from the field and scored 10 points in 32 minutes vs. LSU in the quarterfinals of the SEC Tournament (3/14)… Grabbed eight rebounds… Scored 13 points on 5-of-11 shooting (45-percent) vs. Georgia (3/4)… Shot 67-percent (2-3) behind the arc vs. Auburn and scored nine points… Scored a team-high 19 points and grabbed a game-high 10 rebounds vs. Vanderbilt, including hitting the game-winning free throws in overtime… Shot 67-percent (2-3) from behind the arc and 57-percent (4-7) from the field and scored 12 points vs. New Orleans… Registered first double-figure scoring game of his career in a SEC game with 17 points at South Carolina, helping the Gators erase a seven-point halftime deficit with 11 of his points coming in the second half… Made a season-high 10 field goals vs. Bethune -Cookman… Blocked a season-high two shots vs. E. Illinois and dished off a season-high nine assists…

PREP - Finished his career as the third all-time leading scorer in Germantown Academy history with 1,601 points (behind Alvin Williams, a 1993 graduate who is now with the Toronto Raptors and 1968 graduate Paul Hutter)… Named the 2002 Markward Basketball Club Player of the Year as the top player in the Philadelphia Area (past winners include Wilt Chamberlain, Guy Rodgers, Tom Gola, Lionel Simmons and Pooh Richardson)… .Averaged 22.4 and 5.1 rpg as a senior… Led his team to a 23-7 record and their third straight Inter-Academic League Championship as a senior… .Shot .867 (183 of 211) from the foul line as a senior… Played most of his senior season with a deep bruise to the bone in his left knee… 2002 Philadelphia Inquirer Player of the year, coving Southeastern Pennsylvania and South Jersey… Scored season high 38 points vs. Penn Charter… Averaged 20.1 pp, 4.0 rpg and 4.5 apg as a junior… Two-time First-Team All-Inter-Academic League… Led team to a 27-3 record and a No. 15 ranking in USA Today final poll as a junior… Senior class teammates of Lee Melchionni (Duke) and Ted Skuchas (Vanderbilt)… Also considered Maryland and Arizona in the recruiting process… Played for coach Jim Fenerty at Germantown Academy… AAU Coach Joe Westofoor… Received more than 50 scholarship offers… Free throw routine includes dribbling the ball seven times…

Matt Walsh's Career Statistics
Year GP-GS MP FGM-FGA PCT. 3PT-ATT PCT. FT-FTA PCT.  
2002-03 33-33 965 128-274 .467 60-139 .409 88-119 .739
2003-04 31-31 1026 152-342 .444 63-182 .346 122-148 .824
TOTALS 64-64 1991 280-616 .455 123-321 .383 210-267 .787
Year REB AVG. A TO BS ST PF-DQ TP AV.
2002-03 156 4.7 101 96 12 50 77-0 404 12.2
2003-04 150 4.8 86 94 8 47 74-0 489 15.8
TOTALS 306 4.8 187 190 20 97 151-0 893 14.0
Matt Walsh's Career SEC Statistics
Year GP-GS MP FGM-FGA PCT. 3PT-ATT PCT. FT-FTA PCT.  
2002-03 16-16 508 47-127 .370 20-63 .317 38-51 .745
2003-04 16-16 544 82-170 .482 38-96 .396 83-103 .806
TOTALS 32-32 1052 129-297 .434 58-159 .365 121-154 .786
Year REB AVG. A TO BS ST PF-DQ TP AV.
2002-03 79 4.9 46 38 6 18 38-0 152 9.5
2003-04 61 3.8 36 49 1 25 36-0 285 17.8
TOTALS 140 4.4 82 87 7 43 74-0 437 13.7
Matt Walsh's Career NCAA Statistics
Year GP-GS MP FGM-FGA PCT. 3PT-ATT PCT. FT-FTA PCT.  
2002-03 2-2 44 4-10 .400 3-7 .429 0-0 .000
2003-04 1-1 32 4-12 .333 0-5 .000 5-6 .833
TOTALS 3-3 76 8-22 .364 3-12 .250 5-6 .833
Year REB AVG. A TO BS ST PF-DQ TP AV.
2002-03 8 4.0 6 2 0 0 4-0 11 5.5
2003-04 4 4.0 1 4 1 1 4-0 13 13.0
TOTALS 12 4.0 7 6 1 1 8-0 24 8.0
Points
Season 28, vs. Georgia (02/17/04)
Career 33, vs. Miami (12/21/02)
Rebounds
Season 8, 2x, last vs. Alabama (03/12/04)
Career 11, vs. Miami (12/21/02)
Field Goals
Season 10, vs. Arizona (11/28/03)
Career 10, 3x last vs. vs. Arizona (11/28/03)
Field Goal Attempts
Season 18, vs. Arizona (11/28/03)
Career 18, vs. Arizona (11/28/03)
3-Point FGs
Season 6, vs. LSU (11/28/03)
Career 7, vs. Bethune-Cook (12/28/02)
3-Point FG Attempts
Season 12, vs. Alabama (03/12/04)
Career 12, vs. Alabama (03/12/04)
Free Throws
Season 14, vs. Vanderbilt (02/07/04)
Career 14, 2x, last vs. Vanderbilt (02/07/04)
Free Throw Attempts
Season 14, vs. Vanderbilt (02/07/04)
Career 14, 2x, last vs. Vanderbilt (02/07/04)
Assists
Season 8, vs. Stetson (12/6/03)
Career 9, vs. Eastern Illinois (11/21/02)
Steals
Season 6 , vs. West Virginia (12/20/03)
Career 6 , vs. West Virginia (12/20/03)
Blocked Shots
Season 2, vs. Vanderbilt (03/13/04)
Career 2, 2x, last vs. Vanderbilt (03/13/04)
Minutes Played
Season 40 vs. Maryland (12/10/03)
Career 44, vs. Miami (12/21/02)
Misc. Stats 03-04 Career
Times led UF in scoring 12 18
Times led UF in Rebs. 4 7
Times led UF in Assists 16 18
Double figure scoring 25 41
Double figure reb. games 0 2
Double Doubles 0 2
Dunks 4 9
Charges Drawn 4 6
First off the Bench 0 0
Scored UF's First Pts. 3 8
Three Point Plays 6-9 9-16
Final Three Minutes from Line 27-30 60-69

BEYOND BASKETBALL

  • Free throw routine includes dribbling the ball seven times
  • Senior class teammates of Lee Melchionni (Duke) and Ted Skuchas (Vanderbilt)
  • Received more than 50 scholarship offers
  • Favorite movie is "He Got Game"
  • Father, Mike, is a screenwriter
  • Also played tennis for two years in high school and competed in the high jump and long jump for one year on the track team
  • Wears a rubber band on his left wrist for every game for good luck
  • Played against LeBron James during his senior year
  • Named the 2002 Markward Basketball Club Player of the Year as the top player in the Philadelphia Area (past winners include Wilt Chamberlain, Guy Rodgers, Tom Gola, Lionel Simmons and Pooh Richardson)
  • Was a 6-0 point guard as a freshman.

What They Are Saying

" It was 15 minutes before the game and he was in so much pain. He told me he would play on a stump if he had to."
- UF coach Billy Donovan's conversation with Matt Walsh prior to the Gators' victory at Maryland, December 14, 2002

"I knew his name, I knew he had done come good things in the exhibition game. But what an outstanding player for a freshman. WOW."
- Louisiana Tech head coach Keith Richard, November 20, 2002

"Walsh is squeaky clean, down-home modest and just too unassuming to be a rapid star emerging on the NCAA horizon."
- Mike Phillips, Miami Herald, December 22, 2002

"Matt Walsh is a winner. He's always been about winning."
- Germantown coach Jim Fenerty, Gainesville Sun, January 25, 2003

"What makes him so good is his high level of toughness. He's a great competitor and he knows how to win."
- Billy Donovan, Gainesville Sun, January 25, 2003

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