What kind of player is USC getting in Jonah Mathews? Scout breaks down the four-star prospect's game.
USC’s recruiting continues to flourish under Andy Enfield, as the Trojans picked up a commitment from Jonah Mathews on Wednesday.
The 6-foot-2, 175-pound shooting guard from Santa Monica (Calif.) has one of the highest floors on the West Coast in 2016, as he’s a safe bet to have a successful college career in Los Angeles.
A shooting guard prospect with very long arms, Mathews is a natural scorer who has a strong feel for the game, which is no surprise considering his father (Phil, Riverside City College head coach, previously an assistant at UCLA) and brother (Jordan, junior shooting guard at California).
Mathews' best weapon is his pull-up jumper, a shot he hits at a very high rate. Mathews is better shooting off the bounce from midrange than three, but he's really improved his long ball over the last year.
His handle and body control help him get to the basket, and he can create for others if necessary. While Mathews plays on the ball in both high school and AAU, he's a born scorer that will end up being best off the ball or as a secondary ball handler. He handles the ball well enough to play point guard in a pinch, but his future is at the two.
Mathews has the length and lateral quickness to defend both guard spots at the next level. He’ll need to get stronger before he becomes a good Pac-12 defender, but there’s no reason to think he can’t be one eventually.
Mathews is still quite physically immature and the added strength will only help his athleticism and production. He plays the right way and clearly the son of a coach. Mathews is more efficiency than flash and given his brother's development, work ethic and approach, there's a lot of reasons to believe in this kid.
The four-star prospect’s ability to handle and shoot makes him one of the most consistent players in the region; he shows up almost every single time out.
USC’s staff did a good job convincing Mathews to stay home, as he should be an important piece to the puzzle for the Trojans program moving forward.