Double Pump: Jonah Mathews

ANAHEIM, Calif. - Jonah Mathews has continued his productive play and it's led to increased recruiting attention for the four-star prospect.

Being one of the West Coast’s top guards in 2016, the recruitment of 6-foot-2, 175-pound Santa Monica (Calif.) shooting guard Jonah Mathews was bound to pick up eventually.

Playing at the Double Pump Best of Summer with Cal Supreme last week, Mathews showed off his pull-up jumper and motor, two attributes which make him one of the most consistently productive players in the west.

“I feel like I’m playing my best basketball right now,” Mathews said. “My AAU career is winding down and all I want to do is win some championships. I’ve got to lay it all out on the court.”

It was previously believed to be a USC and Gonzaga battle for Mathews, but two schools have joined the mix for his recruitment and he says that all four schools seriously involved are even.

San Diego State is my new offer and I’m looking at them tough now; they want me to come on a visit,” Mathews said. “Utah is recruiting me too.”

Scout’s 71st ranked 2016 prospect in the class broke down what he likes about all four schools currently in serious consideration.

USC: “I like their coaches. Coach (Jason) Hart is my man; we have a family relationship. I like their campus and the way they play. They’ve been down for a couple years but they were young so I feel like they’re putting it back together.”

Gonzaga: “I like the way they play too. They push the ball and play defense and that’s what we do at Cal Supreme so I think it would be a good fit.”

San Diego State: “I’ve seen them play and they develop pros. Kawhi Leonard just signed a max deal and Malik Pope will be in the draft net year. They’re a good team.”

Utah: “I’ve seen them play against my brother twice. They push the ball, play defense and get their shooters the ball.”

The rising senior says that he’s not down to those schools and is willing to consider others who want to recruit him.

“I’m still open to others,” Mathews said. “I’m going to play the best basketball I can and hope to get more scholarships. I’ll probably make a decision before high school season starts.”

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