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Monday / October 22.
  • Nation’s Leading Assist Man Getting Glasses

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    Scott Machado is getting contact lenses, which could spell really bad news for Iona’s opponents going forward.

    You see, Machado already leads the nation with 10.33 assists per game, yet he’s been having trouble seeing.

    “I went to the doctor because I was having these mild headaches and people were telling me it was because of my vision,” the former St. Benedict’s star told Friday before putting up a near-triple-double of 11 points, 15 assists and nine rebounds in an 91-71 home win over Rider.

    “I went to go check it out and the lady was like, ‘You need glasses.’ And she was like, ‘That could be the cause of your headaches.”

    So, to clarify, the man who leads all Division I college players in assists and has been called the best pure point guard in the nation by Manhattan coach Steve Masiello hasn’t been seeing the court as well as he could be.

    Machado has already gotten glasses, but says once he gets the contact lenses within a week or so, it could make a dramatic improvement on the court.

    Asked how much better he might be able to see with them, Machado said, “I mean a lot better because with the glasses already, I feel a lot better.

    “With the glasses, you can see a lot more. It’s more detailed.”

    Just what MAAC coaches need, Scott Machado seeing the court in more detail.

    Good luck to them.

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    Adam Zagoria is a Basketball Insider who covers basketball at all levels. A contributor to The New York Times and SportsNet New York (SNY), he is also the author of two books and is an award-winning journalist and filmmaker. His articles have appeared in ESPN The Magazine, SLAM, Sheridan Hoops, Basketball Times and in newspapers nationwide. He also won an Emmy award for his work on the SNY mini-documentary on Syracuse guard Tyus Battle. A veteran Ultimate Frisbee player, he has competed in numerous National and World Championships and, perhaps more importantly, his teams won the Westchester Summer League (WSL) championships in 2011 and 2013. He lives in Manhattan with his wife and children.