Iowa Offers Matthews

2013 Michigan Guard E.C. Matthews said he received his fifth scholarship offer Tuesday afternoon. This one came from Iowa, his first opportunity from the Big Ten. He talks about the Hawkeyes and the rest of his recruitment in this update.

It was a good Tuesday afternoon for E.C. Matthews. The 2013 Michigan guard picked up his fifth scholarship offer, his first in the Big Ten.

"I talked to one of the (Iowa) assistants (Andrew Francis) and the head coach (Fran McCaffery) called an offered me about (5 p.m. ET)," Matthews said. They've been recruiting me for a while. They came out to my school (Romulus Senior High) last year. They also were there this past weekend in Virginia."

Matthews (6-foot-4, 180 pounds) runs with The Family AAU squad, the same club through which Iowa sophomore Devyn Marble came through.

"I know he's from Michigan," Matthews said of Marble. "I've heard of him and I know he goes to Iowa. That's all I really know."

Iowa might only have one scholarship to give to the 2013 class. The Hawkeyes are being conservative with their offers.

"They said they liked my game a lot," Matthews said. "They feel like I have a chance to become a real good player and fit into their system. They like that I'm a big guard and I can play either the one or the two. They like how I take it to the basket and get my teammates involved. They also like how I rebound."

Matthews admits that he's far from a finished product on the court.

"Since I'm a big guard, I tend to be a little loose with the ball," he said. "I need to keep working on my ball handling. My shot is getting better, but it still needs work. I also need to make my right hand as dominant as my left."

Matthews said that he's most comfortable playing point guard.

"I love the ball in my hands," he said. "I think I can do more. But I like playing the two, also, so I can grow as a player."

Matthews reports scholarship offers from Iowa, USC, Dayton, Creighton and Rhode Island. He said he's receiving interest from Xavier, DePaul, Oregon, North Carolina State, Michigan, Indiana, Arizona and Virginia.

"I've talked to a couple of those schools. I'm close to offers," Matthews said. "They just said to keep doing what I'm doing and doing well in school. I should be getting a lot more offers soon."

Of the schools that have yet to offer, Arizona, Virginia and Xavier are recruiting Matthews the hardest, he said. He hopes to visit Indiana, Iowa, Rhode Island and Virginia in the next few months. He's not in a hurry to make a decision.

"I kind of want to take it as it goes," Matthews said. "If I feel good with my offers, it could be this summer. If not, it could be closer to signing day. I'm just trying to take it one day at a time."

Matthews said he would like to take at least a few official visits after trimming his list. He can begin doing that after he starts classes for his senior year of high school.

"I really don't have any favorites right now. I'm open," Matthews said.

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