One of the top prospects in the Northwest in 2018 comes from Tacoma (Wash.) Wilson in Emmitt Matthews Jr..
The 6-foot-6, 175-pound small forward has plus size, length and athleticism for the position while he’s improved his efficiency as a scorer over the last year.
“Over the last year my game has taken a big boost,” Matthews said. “I wasn’t as good last year but I worked really hard over the summer and focused on my game.
“I’ve shot a lot of free throws, worked on my ball handling, and worked on getting mentally and physically stronger.”
Matthews can score from all three levels and has upside defensively due to his physical tools.
“Offensively I play above the rim,” he said. “I can take big men out to the perimeter, I shoot threes, I can get past the defender and I’m good in the post.
“I’m working on my stamina and being able to play the whole game. I’m working on my defense and everything all around.”
“Oregon State and Wichita State,” Matthews listed. “I have a really good relationship with those coaches.”
The three-star prospect broke down what he likes about each program.
Oregon State: “When I went down there I really got a family feel which was big for me heading into the recruiting process. They made me feel like I’m a part of their family from the coaches to players. It’s a good family atmosphere.”
Wichita State: “Their coaches are very confident. If you look the last couple years, they’ve done work in the tournament. They don’t lose their conference. All their players buy in. I have a really good relationship with the coaches over there.”
Matthews will be looking for the best fit on and off the court.
“Being home isn’t a factor to me,” he said. “I’ll go wherever I feel comfortable as a person and a player. Wherever I feel I’ll be best at both.”