2005 Focus: Wes Matthews Jr.

Wes Matthews Jr. has already fielded a pair of high-major scholarship offers, including one from his dad's alma mater. The two-sport star (and the other sport is not football) is a team-first guy whose services should be in high-demand.

Wes Matthews starred at Wisconsin in the late 1970s and went on to have an eight-year career in the NBA. His son, Wes Matthews Jr., will hope to follow in his father's path – only with a far different game.

The father was a 6-1 quick prototypical point guard who got his teammates involved. The son is a versatile 6-4, 200-pound guard who has about three inches on his father.

However, they share one common trait. They are both unselfish and do whatever it takes to win.

``I'm not sure where I'll play in college," Matthews Jr. said. "Wherever they need me. I'm comfortable at either spot."

``He does everything well," Madison Memorial coach Steve Collins said. "He passes well and probably projects more as a point guard, but right now he's a little more comfortable at the two."

The younger Matthews has also distinguished himself from his father – and most other high school basketball stars – by also excelling on the soccer field, where he earned all-state honors last season.

Matthews knows he needs to extend his shooting range and Collins said his star will also have to refine his ballhandling skills in order to run the show in college.

His father's alma mater, Wisconsin, has already offered a scholarship. So has Marquette.

``They are both great schools and it's an honor to me that both have offered so early," Matthews Jr. said. ``He's an unbelievable kid," Collins added. "If I had a daughter, I'd want her dating a kid like Wes."

Stanford is extremely interested while other showing interest Oklahoma, Kentucky, UConn, Texas and Kansas.

``I want to go somewhere that will look out for my best interests," Matthews Jr. added. "Someone I can trust – and somewhere I can play."

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