Headed To Conference USA

James Matthews, a forward with the Michigan Hurricanes, is part of an ever growing group of committed players. On Thursday, Matthews completed a long day of verbal commitments by pledging his allegiance to a Conference USA school.

Marquette Lands First Commitment

It should come as no surprise as the Golden Eagles forged a significant lead, but Marquette landed its first commitment of the season on Thursday evening.

James Matthews, a forward from Detroit (MI) Denby, made it official as he could. "It was difficult, but I kept the faith in Marquette," Matthews said. "They just made me feel wanted and that was the key."

Last year, Matthews averaged 18 points a game last year to go along with 14 rebounds. "The sky is the limit because I don't think there are too many guys his size who run the floor like him," Denby coach Ray Reeves said. "He's a madman."

Reeves and Matthews were quick to praise the efforts of assistant coach Dwayne Stephens, the lead recruiter in Matthews' case. "Basically, it was Marquette all the way," Reeves said. "We're going up there tomorrow. They just outworked everybody. You couldn't do a better job."

Matthews played this summer with the Michigan Hurricanes. In the spring, he injured his shoulder but he's fine now so he'll be ready for the season and beyond. "If you ever see him play with our team, he's all world," Reeves said. "There are some things he can work on but I see him possibly with a chance to start as a freshman."

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