Right-handed… Playing in Iona's up-tempo, defensively-challenged system, the senior guard is racking up the assists this season. He is quick, athletic and loves getting out in transition where he can use all of his skills in the open court. He has the ball-handling and quickness to weave in and out of defenders and find open teammates cutting to the rim or spotting up on the wing. Machado himself is a much-improved shooter across the board, using his elite-level quickness to get open and knock down jumpers or take the ball strong to the rim… He spent the 2011 summer representing Brazil at the World University Games and fine-tuning his game throughout the competition. It actually appears that Machado slimmed down just a bit, giving him a more explosive burst at both ends of the floor…. His court vision is excellent, showing the ability to thread the ball through tiny openings at full-speed. He plays with poise, confidence and makes difficult passes look easy….
Machado is having a breakout season for the Gaels- his shooting numbers have risen to career-highs all across the board, making him a threat to obviously create for others, but moreso this season than ever, score the basketball himself. As a late-bloomer, we would obviously love to see another year of this quality production, but given the fact that he is a senior, we'll buy into him because he has done it this season against quality competition…. He is a bit undersized to play point guard at the next level and he isn't a high-caliber athlete, but certainly not a poor one by any stretch. His lack of explosiveness hurts him as a finisher around the rim, especially in traffic and will only be more of an issue at the next level… Iona, as a team, does not bring much to the defensive end, often switching defenses to delays offenses, so we really haven't seen too much out of Machado in a half-court man-to-man setting. He looks as if he has just average lateral quickness. His strength is sub-par and he lacks the "fight" to get through screens.