Matt Haryasz Still Exploring Options

Matt Haryasz, the talented 6-10 center from Page (Ariz.) High, has two Pac-10 schools as his leaders, but another Pac-10 school may be showing some interest. There are also several other West Coast schools in the mix as well...

Matt Haryasz, 6-10 C Page (Ariz.) High, is one of the elite post prospects in the country and a top priority for a number of schools in the West. We spoke with Matt's father, Chet Haryasz, over the weekend and he gave us an update on his son's recruitment.

A recent Internet report mentioned UCLA possibly becoming involved, so we asked Mr. Haryasz if there was any validity to the report. "They started calling about 2-3 weeks ago," Haryasz said. "And they've been sending some mail as well." So does Matt have any interest in the Bruins? "He's obviously flattered with all the big-name programs that have showed interest," Haryasz said. "UCLA has gotten in late and we're not sure how serious UCLA is about recruiting him, so it's difficult to say."

Matt will take an official trip to ASU on the weekend of Sept. 7th and also has in-home visits scheduled with Loyola Marymount (9-10), New Mexico (9-18), San Diego St. (9-19) and ASU (9-24). An in-home visit with Santa Clara and an official visit to Stanford are also planned.

While Matt has mentioned Stanford and ASU as his two leaders in the past, Mr. Haryasz pointed out that there are a number of schools coming in for in-homes and Matt has not yet reached a decision. "These are schools that have been loyal to Matt and recruiting him for a long time," Haryasz said. "So we're going to sit down and listen to what they have to say."

We asked if there were any other schools involved at this point and Haryasz replied, "There were a lot of schools around the country that expressed interest at the end of July and throughout August," he said. "North Carolina called his high school coach a couple times. Boston College offered, and Notre Dame and Illinois were interested as well. But when Matt said that he'd prefer to stay in the West, most of those schools in the Midwest and East moved on."

One interesting note about Matt and his desire to improve as a player. Matt's club team, the Arizona Heat, is located in Phoenix, which is a five hour drive from Matt's hometown of Page (located near the Utah/Arizona border). So in order to practice with the Heat for the last two years, Matt and his parents would make the 600 mile round trip drive every weekend from February to May. But the hard work and sacrifice has paid off, though, and Matt now has his choice of several attractive scholarship offers.

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