Matthews Jr. Gets Look From Staff

The staff has been looking long and hard for guards in the junior class that can eventually be the successor to John Gilchrist. One possibility may be Wes Matthews Jr.

The Maryland coaching staff put last week's off-week to good use. They hit the road and one of assistant coach Jimmy Patsos' stops was in Madison, Wis.

Patsos took in junior guard Wes Matthews Jr.'s game last Thursday

Matthews Jr., a 6-4, 195-pound combo guard who is considered one of the Top 100 players in the class, is averaging 15 points per game in leading Madison Memorial to an undefeated season.

"I'm an all around player, I do a lot of things well," Matthews Jr. said. "I have a point guard mentality, I see the floor well and am also a good defender."

Basketball is in his bloodlines.

His father, Wes Matthews Sr., played at University of Wisconsin before being drafted 11th overall by the Washington Bullets in 1980. Matthews Sr. played eight seasons in the NBA. His mother, Pam Moore, also played basketball for Wisconsin, playing one season before becoming a national track and field star.

Matthews and his father are quite different on the court. The elder Matthews was a lightning-quick true point guard who make good decisions and also got to the basket virtually at will. Wes Matthews Jr. is a well-built guard who has three inches on his father and is just as comfortable at the off-guard spot than he is at the point.

``He does everything well," Madison Memorial coach Steve Collins said. "He passes well and probably projects more as a point guard, but right now he's a little more comfortable at the two."

Matthews Sr. now lives in Atlanta. Matthews Jr. has lived with his mother all his life and will look to her for advice in the recruiting process.

"She's gone through this herself as a scholarship athlete for Wisconsin," Matthews Jr. said.

Wisconsin and Marquette have already offered scholarships with Texas, Connecticut, Kentucky, Oklahoma and Stanford in the hunt along with Maryland. Cincinnati and Georgia have shown some recent interest as well.

"I'm interested in Maryland. I'm looking for a program where underclassman are given a chance to play," he said. "I'd like to be able to play right away."

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