Get Familar: With Freshman A.J. Mathew

When the discussion comes up "Who is the best freshman basketball player in the state?" You may cite LaDontae Henton of Lansing, Brandon Kearney of Detroit, Tommy McCune of Saginaw or Amire Williams of Country Day, but you have to put A.J. Mathew in the conversation.

ANN ARBOR - The Commond Bond basketball program is stuffed with talent. That quickly became evident when watching the 15 and under players that suited up.

One player stood out above the rest and was so dominant that he was removed from the game early and watched his teammates coast to an easy win.

A.J. Mathew, who plays for Ann Arbor Huron, right in the shadow of the University of Michigan, is going to be a highly sought after player before his high school days are finished.

It was amazing how highly skilled that he can be at such a young age. Mathew has excellent ball handling ability, a solid outside shot and good ability to get to the basket.

"A.J. Mathew has the potential to be one of the best guards in this state," said Common Bond basketball director Tyrone Hicks.

"He has a great feel for the game that most people never come by. His ball handling and shot have improved dramatically over the past few years and when he wants to he has the ability to dominate games. As he matures, I think we are going to see a big time player blossom before our eyes," said Hicks.

It isn't hard to believe his statement. While their are many outstanding freshman in the state, such as Lansing Eastern's LaDontae Henton, Detroit Southeastern's Brandon Kearney, Saginaw's Tommy McCune and Birmingham Detroit Country Day's Amire Williams, you must include Mathew in the conversation.

As he continues to let his star shine on the AAU circuit, GSN will be there to give you much more from this outstanding young player and find out about which teams will be making a play for his services in four years.

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