Atewe Intrigued by Georgia Tech

Georgia Tech is looking to finish out the 2013 class on a high note and that last piece could be in Canadian, Matthew Atewe. The 6'9, 235 pound center is a daunting presence down low, yet is agile and athletic enough to play in both the half court setting, and in more of a fast-paced offense.

Profile - Matthew Atewe

Atewe is finishing out his prep ball at Notre Dame Prep, located in Fitchburg, Massachusetts. Going up against the very best teams every game has made this one-time project a possible immediate impact kid next season. After running with the Northern Kings AAU program in the summer, Atewe has made great strides in progressing his body and skills in order to handle the more talented players throughout all of America in New England. "My offense has gotten a lot better and being able to finish in traffic. I have gotten some dunks and finished with two hands over two or three people at the rim; also, my back to the basket game as improved vastly."

Atewe is a very much focused kid on and off the floor. Carrying a 3.2 GPA and scoring a 1440 on the SAT's last spring, the possible law or accounting major brings a wealth of intellect and the always underappreciated intangibles to whichever program that he eventually calls home.

The big man understands that he has to become a better decision-maker on the floor, but it is hard to reckon with a guy with Atewe's athleticism who carries along a 7'1 wingspan. Due to the constant need for bigs, the Canadian has seen his recruitment pick up of late. "I am mainly hearing from Auburn, Kansas State, Wake Forest, Georgia Tech, Miami, Nebraska and Houston."

Atewe seemed pretty content on picking a school from those that he listed and also noted that only Wake Forest and Miami are the only programs that have not yet offered. He already visited Auburn and Kansas State; Nebraska is the next stop for the big man where he will visit Lincoln this upcoming weekend. However, Georgia Tech seems to be a very intriguing option to the athletic center.

"Not many people know this but I used to go New Birth Christian Academy. Coach (Chad) Dollar and Coach (Brian) Gregory both had me on a few visits. I went to a football game and two basketball games; I saw them play UNC when they had Iman two years ago. I liked it a lot. I could definitely see myself taking another visit to Georgia Tech." Atewe' s close proximity to Georgia Tech during his time at New Birth definitely seemed to have left a nice imprint and it does not hurt that his mentor, who is a fellow Canadian, lives in Atlanta.

The Notre Dame Prep senior is a very educated basketball mind and made note of such Georgia Tech bigs that have left Atlanta for in the NBA with the likes of Derrick Favors, Chris Bosh, and Thaddeus Young and how he could possibly add to the long list of successful Yellow Jackets in the professional circuit.

When it finally comes down to making a college decision, Atewe will look at playing time and the opportunity presented to him, his relationship with the coaching staff, and the academic setup.


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