Matt Shaw still looking to get away

Matt Shaw is one of the best big men in the class of 2006. He's an athletic, yet strong player who is very effective on the inside. We saw him play in Las Vegas and at the Los Angeles Pangos camp and back then he was seriously leaning towards playing his college ball out east. Has anything changed?

Matt Shaw is a 6-8, 240-pound power forward who played at Verbum Dei High School in Los Angeles last season, but will now ply his trade at Fairfax High. One benefit of playing at Fairfax is a chance to play with Jamal Boykin.

"Jamal is a beast," Shaw said. "I really like the way he plays the game."

When we spoke to Matt in Las Vegas back in April he admitted that he'd like to play in the East, specifically the Southeast. He has no interest in staying close to home

"I'm pretty sure I wanna go out east," Shaw admitted. "I really like the ACC."

Although Shaw is primarily interested in eastern schools, he won't rule out other schools. Michigan is recruiting him the hardest and he likes Louisville and Kentucky are high on his list as well.

Arizona is still in the picture, despite its place in the West. Getting out of LA could be far enough away for Shaw. "If they want me to go there, I'd be happy to go there," Shaw said of the Wildcats, who trail the three big Florida schools, Duke and North Carolina at this point.

Although he does not list the Blue Devils as his favorite, he does mention them prominently.

"I like Duke and the style they play, kind of up and down," Shaw explained.

I like the Florida schools for some reason," he continued. "Then there's Michigan because they are showing me a whole lot of love and support."

He is now ready to go to the summer camps and continue to get his name out there. The Pangos Camp last month in California was a good introduction to what the big shoe camps are like and he likes the all-star atmosphere.

"It's a good experience," said Shaw. "You get top play against different people, some of the best players in the nation. You always have to bring your ‘A' game and play hard. Try to show them up and try to see how good you are."

In addition to improving his reputation on the recruiting trail, the camps have another benefit. Shaw feels that playing hard the rest of the summer will do some good in trying to remove a negative tag that Left Coast players pick up.

"One thing that I try and do is prove that people from California aren't soft," Shaw said. "That's one bad stereotype that they always say. I come out here and try to play hard and prove them wrong."


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