2018 recruit Montez Mathis narrowed his list of schools to eight on Monday, he told Scout.
"It was relationship based," Mathis said when asked how he got down his list. "They were the ones that contacted me consistently and checked up on me the most. That’s the schools that my parents felt most comfortable with too."
What's the next step in this process for Mathis?
"I’m going to just keep talking to them," he said. "I'll narrow it to five after the summer and see which schools I like the best."
Mathis is looking to take official visits in September, but has yet to schedule any dates. Mathis, a standout at Baltimore (Md.) John Carroll School, just took recent unofficial visits to Connecticut and Rutgers.
"It was real good," he said of the UConn trip. "The whole coaching staff was there. I talked to all of them. They were all on the same page. They’ve all seen me and Kevin Ollie and I and had a real good conversation, so it was a good visit."
"I liked the visit," he said of his unofficial visit to Rutgers. It was The same as UConn with their whole coaching staff being there. They showed me a around a lot. They just talked about how I’m a main priority and how I can help the program turn around."
Mathis made a big jump in Scout's recent 2018 player rankings, landing at No. 67 overall and as the No. 13 shooting guard prospect.
Mathis is averaging 18.3 points, while shooting nearly 38-percent from three in eight adidas Gauntlet games this spring.