Mathews, a 6-foot-3 combination guard at Santa Monica (Calif.) High, filled the role of facilitator and scorer on his way to a 27-point outing and a win over Gardena (Calif.) Serra. Already regarded as a top 100 recruit and a four-star prospect, Mathews proved he was certainly worthy of that type of ranking and could even be slightly undervalued nationally.
Mathews has always been known for his shooting and rightfully so, but it was his versatility that stood out on Saturday. Mathews handled the point guard duties for Santa Monica and he did so with poise and success. He has an impressive feel for the game, good vision and is a crisp passer. With all that said, he’ll likely play his primary minutes at USC off the ball because of his naturally scoring, but having the ability to do that is certainly a positive.
While his facilitating and passing stood out, so did his shooting and scoring. Mathews buried deep jumpers, including one from a good four feet behind the stripe. He also connected from mid-range and finished at the rim. Mathews has impressive shot mechanics, a quick trigger and supreme confidence shooting the ball.
Mathews’ brother – Jordan – was an overachiever at California and has had a very good career for the Bears. Look for Jonah to do the same for Andy Enfiled and USC.