PLAYA VISTA, Calif. -- Santa Monica (Calif.) didn’t have the best game in the Jordan Take Flight Classic on Saturday, with shooter Jonah Mathews going an unusual 4-for-19 in a 54-42 loss to Los Angeles (Calif.) Village Christian. Mathews didn’t quite get the same magic mojo his older brother – California sophomore Jordan Mathews -- had in his Friday game, scoring 31 points in a win over No. 21 Washington, but maybe he’ll get a little refresher when he heads up to Berkeley for the Bears’ Sunday tilt with Washington State.
“I was definitely watching that game,” Mathews said of his older brother’s barrage. “Cal played an all-around great game. Tyrone Wallace had a rough game, but that happens, and today, it happened to me. Somebody else has to step up, and my brother stepped up last night. Cal’s doing well.”
The Bears’ staff is perhaps the most active with Mathews, given his familial connection.
“I talk with coach [Yanni] Hufnagel a lot,” Mathews said. “Me and him are really close. Coach [Tracy] Webster, I talk to a lot, and sometimes coach [Cuonzo] Martin.”
Cal is not the only school in the running for the 2016 wing. USC, Arizona State, UCLA and Utah have offered, and things are really picking up for Mathews, who next hits the floor on Jan. 10 against Murietta Valley back at Santa Monica.
“We’ll have a home crowd, and we’ll get a W there, for sure,” Mathews said.
At this point, odds favor the Bears, who Mathews will see in person again on Sunday.
“They’re growing better and better, and when Jabari Bird comes back, they’re going to be even harder to beat; they’re going to be a hard team to beat going into league,” Mathews said. Will they be hard to beat for him> He smiles. “Maybe. Maybe.”
Mathews wants to have a decision made by the spring of his senior year. He will visit the Utes in February, after his trip up to Berkeley.