Santangelo , Matt
Matt Santangelo played high school basketball for Portland's Central Catholic High School where playing guard he was a two-time all-state selection while leading the team to three league titles and the 1994 state 4-A title. His senior year he averaged 18.4 points per game, 6.2 assists per game while being honored as team MVP. His junior year Street & Smith magazine selected him as an honorable mention All-American and he was also the 1994 Oregon AAU Athlete of the Year.
He attracted the attention of many colleges, but selected Gonzaga to play college basketball. He redshirted his freshman year (95-96), and his active freshman year he was an immediate contributor and eventually a starter. The West Coast Conference (WCC) voted him co-Freshman of the Year (96-97). As a sophomore he led the team to the second round of the NIT Tournament and his junior year he led the team to the WCC Tournament title, was voted tournament MVP and was a first team all-league selection and he surprised the country by leading Gonzaga to the NCAA Tournament Elite Eight. His senior year he was a first team all-league selection, once again led Gonzaga to the WCC title and beat the odds by pacing Gonzaga to a Sweet 16 appearance in the NCAA Tournament. In 1999, he participated on the gold medal winning USA Bsketball World University Games team and was a 1999-2000 Playboy Magazine All American pre-season selection. He finished his great Gonzaga career as the all-time career assists leader with 668 which placed him ahead of NBA legend John Stockton who also played at Gonzaga. The Gonzaga career records credit him with 14.1 ppg, 5.1 ap, and 3.3 rpg. After college he continued playing professionally in Europe for seven seasons which included stops in Spain, Italy, Poland and Greece.