Chris Matthews: Finally Done

It was a long, winding road for unsigned senior sharpshooter Chris Matthews. The 6-foot-4 Philadelphia Lutheran Christian (Pa.) shooting guard finally decided on a college destination on Tuesday.

It's not often that a kid commits and heads off to start school as a freshman two days later, but that's exactly what's happening with Chris Matthews.

The 6-foot-4, 200-pound unsigned senior shooting guard, who played at Philadelphia Lutheran Christian (Pa.) this past season and is one of the top outside shooters in the country, committed to Washington State on Tuesday.

``I really like the coaching staff, the conference and I feel that the offense they have really suits me," Matthews said. "Coach (Tony) Bennett seems like he's dedicated to developing his players and seems like a very honest guy. He's someone I'd like to spend my college career playing for."

Matthews, who sank nine trifectas in front of Bennett in Las Vegas and hit at least a handful of long range shots on four separate occassions in the tournament, also considered UMass.

``I liked both schools," Matthews said. "But in my heart, I wanted to go to Washington State. It feels good to finally know it's over with."

Matthews spent three years at National Christian (Md.) prior to transferring to Lutheran Christian in Philadelphia. A year ago, he was getting interest from Nebraska and Florida Atlantic and visited both schools, but interest picked up of late, especially after he qualified academically to play this season.

Schools such as WSU, UMass, Providence, Temple, South Florida and New Mexico State all made serious inquiries.

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