Handful of offers for Matthews

Running with Meanstreets on the AAU circuit, Charles Matthews will have a chance to show off his unique skill set at the highest level. The five-star guard is already off to an excellent start this spring.

One of the truly elite players in the 2015 class is Chicago (Ill.) St. Rita standout Charles Matthews. The combo guard can run a team or score, and at 6-foot-4 he has the size combined with excellent athleticism to standout.

After an excellent freshman season, it was clear that Matthews didn't rest on his laurels as he stepped his game up even more as a sophomore.

"I really stepped up with my one dribble pull up game," said Matthews. "Just being able to knock down the mid-range shot consistently was big and I took way more pride in my defense and I think I became a lockdown defender."

With a five-star ranking and invitations to prestigious camps such as USA Basketball, Matthews has a lot of attention coming his way which leads to a target from opposing teams. However for Matthews that isn't an issue at all.

"I plan on going far in basketball," said Matthews. "The higher you go up you have to bring it every night and if anything all the attention pushes me to work harder and to get better."

Recruiting wise there is no shortage of interest in Matthews.

"I have offers Arizona, DePaul, Illinois, SMU, and Providence," noted Matthews. "Ohio State, Wisconsin, Kansas, and Michigan State have been recruiting me a lot."

Illinois is working hard to make a strong impression on Matthews, and the Chicago product is definitely taking notice.

"I have a really good relationship with Coach (John) Groce and his staff," said Matthews of the Illini. "Being able to meet them it seems like they are family people. I have built a real good bond with them."

Ohio State is yet to offer, but after this April evaluation period it is very possible that one could come from the Buckeyes.

"They want me to come out and play my best basically," said Matthews. "They are going to see me and hopefully they will want me enough and offer."

Wisconsin has been very involved in the city of Chicago in the past, and they are looking to do so again with Matthews.

"They are letting me know I am a key target and they are very interested in me," said Matthews of the Badgers. "They tell me they are keeping an eye on me, and I am keeping an eye on them as well."

For now the five-star prospect is in no hurry to make his college decision, but he does know what factors will be important to him when that time does come.

"Basically I look at how I will fit the program and how the program fits me," said Matthews. "I want to know how they will develop me for the future and also have a good relationship with the coaches."

Matthews is the No. 1 point guard in the class of 2015 and the No. 6 prospect overall.


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