Matt Cimino, a 6-foot-10, 215-pound center of Worcester (Mass.) High, scored 22 points and reeled in eight rebounds in a loss on Sunday. But it wasn't the numbers that impressed; it was how he came up with them.
Cimino flashed terrific touch around the basket and showed an ability to score over both shoulders. He stepped out and hit a three, passed well out of the post and competed in the second half for rebounds.
"I feel like I can play inside and out," Cimino told Scout.com. "I feel like I can do a lot of things on the floor. I try and find a mismatch and take advantage of whatever my strength is."
Cimino said he's gained confidence in his post game and the next step is adding weight and strength to his frame.
"Definitely before college 10 or 15 pounds more at least," Cimino said. "That's always been a really hard thing for me with my body type."
Tulsa is currently Cimino's only scholarship offer, but with his performance in front of a host of schools, he will likely pick up more.
"It's going alright," he said about his recruitment. "I've picked up more interest as the season has gone along. I'm hearing from Vanderbilt, George Washington. I've heard from Wake Forest, Virginia Tech, Northwestern and Georgia as well."
Cimino indicated that his relationship with the coaching staff will factor into his decision making.
"The most important thing is definitely just the relationship with the coaches and the people at the school," he said. "I think academics will be a big factor as well. A good system and a place where I can see myself fitting in well with how they play on offense and utilize their big men."
Cimino hasn't taken any official visits and said he plans to following the season.
"I'm pretty much wide open at this point," Cimino added.