2016 Matthews Talks ECU Offer

Class of 2016 forward Jermaine Matthews has a total of 27 offers. IES spoke with him about his ECU offer and more.

As a rising senior at Millwood High School (Midlothian, Va.) Jermaine Matthews has seen his recruiting process catch fire. For the 6-foot-8, 225-pound forward the process jump started last summer around this time and then once again pick up at the end of the school year, going into this summer.

With a total of 27 official offers already on Matthews list he is taking the process slowly, looking at each school carefully and enjoying the once in a lifetime experience.

Some of the school’s that Matthews thought highly of included East Carolina, James Madison, Murray State, Old Dominion, Providence and Temple.

“I think it’s been a really good experience,” explained Matthews. “It happened kind of quick so I wasn’t really expecting all of it happen that soon. But I’m really enjoy it. Last summer around this time it started but it picked up more heavily after this spring.”

While the stretch forward has yet to visit ECU, he ranks his current interest in the Pirate’s as a high 7 on a ten-point scale. A connection that Matthews has formed with ECU’s coaching staff may be a top factor when considering his ECU offer.

ECU’s assistant coach Michael Perry has been one of the main recruiters for Matthews. Matthews noted that they have been talking back and forth for a long time now. The connection outside of what has been formed through their conversations lies within their hometown. Matthews grew up just minutes away from the hometown of ECU’s assistant coach Perry in Virginia.

Another thing that Matthews has pointed out with ECU is the competition level that they play at. Being apart of the American Athletic Conference, not only is the competition a level higher, the amount of games played on national television has increased significantly. Matthew noted that both the level of competition and the TV time are beneficial when looking at ECU.

While listed as power forward in most places, Matthews has the ability to play in multiple positions. He believes his two main strengths are his toughness and being able to score in a variety of ways and versatility is certainly one that comes close to the top.

“I don’t have preference right now, I go with whatever position the coach wants me to go,” explained Matthews. “They’ve done a good job at developing me to able to play the different positions out on the court. Right now I consider myself more of a stretch four/forward.”

As a junior at Millwood, the athlete averaged nearly a double-double with 14.5 points per game and just under nine rebounds per contest.

Now as a rising senior, Matthews has put together a list of factors that he will look at when choosing his final school.

“First, I think a good education is important,” Matthews said. “Then good coaching staff at the school both on and off the court. Also I want to go somewhere where I could play as a freshman and have a great impact on the team.”

This summer Matthews has been developing his game playing AAU basketball for Allen Iverson’s sponsor team, River City Reign.

“We’ve meet him a few times, he invited the entire team to his Hall of Fame ceremony last year at the Hampton Roads (African-American Sports Hall of Fame),” Matthews said. “It was great, I’ve never really experience anything like that before.”

Matthews gives a lot of credit to the AAU circuit for helping himself develop into a better player. The forward believes that it put him in a good position to succeed and he has been able to take it from there.

Matthews would like to make his final decision before the fall deadline but said that it’s not completely set for then and could change. Until then, Matthews will enjoy the process of being recruited to play basketball.

“It means a lot,” Matthews said. “I think it’s all about doing what you love and being serious about it than letting it go from there.”


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