Matthews hoping to return soon

Five-star Charles Matthews is out with an ankle injury, but he hopes to return soon.

It was a big weekend in Chicago featuring almost all of the high profile teams and players from the city at the Chicago Elite Classic. However one player that didn't get on the floor was five-star 2015 prospect Charles Matthews. The elite guard missed with an ankle injury, but nothing has slowed down his recruitment.

"I am just rehabbing my ankle right now, and my ankle is feeling stronger than ever," said Matthews. "I just can't wait to get out there with my team soon."

At 6-foot-4, Matthews is the engine that drives the high powered Chicago (Ill) St. Rita attack. He says it is tough to watch from the sidelines, but it has been great to watch his teammates, including older brother Dominique Matthews, play well to start the year.

"It is very frustrating to miss games, but my team is doing well," said Matthews. "At least it is at the beginning of the season and not the end, but my team is doing a great job and I couldn't be more proud of them."

As most would expect recruiting wise he is hearing from the premier programs in the country. Schools like Kentucky, Kansas, Illinois, Arizona, Florida, Marquette, Michigan State, Duke, and others are all after Matthews.

"It's really been everybody," said Matthews of his recruitment. "There isn't one team that is standing out to me the most. All of the schools have been recruiting me hard."

One school that is definitely making a push is Illinois. The Illini recently picked up a commitment from his good friend and AAU teammate, D.J. Williams, and they are working hard to bring Matthews into the fold as well.

"Coach (Paris) Parham was here to watch us and checked out our Midnight Madness," said Matthews. "He has been recruiting me hard and giving me phone calls, so that has been real good."

The Kansas Jayhawks have been very active in Chicago, most recently nabbing Cliff Alexander, now they are again hoping to snag Matthews who they have been recruiting for a long time.

"Kansas is showing a lot of love," noted Matthews. "They have a winning tradition, they get players to the NBA, and I have a great relationship with their coaching staff."

Also the Kentucky Wildcats have been after Matthews, and he says it is great to hear from John Calipari and his staff.

"Just basically they get players to the league and they win," explained Matthews. "It is one of the best schools in the country and I like them a lot."

For now Matthews is in no hurry to make a choice, but the No. 14 overall prospect already has a good idea of what will put one school over the top at the end of the day.

"Basically it will come down to my relationship with the coaches and if they are a staff who can make me better and help me reach my ultimate goal of making it to the NBA," said Matthews.

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