Matthew Shaw has not been a name bandied about recently, but that does not mean that his summer has not gotten off to a good start. The 6-8 240-pounder is a member of a loaded Southern California All Stars club that features much ballyhooed players like Taylor King and Chase Budinger. SCA proved to be the class of the Bob Gibbons Tournament of Champions in Chapel Hill few weeks back, and Shaw's play in the shadow of the star power on his team earned him some individual recognition.
"The summer has been going good," Shaw said. "We won Bob Gibbons and I got invited to the NBA camp while I was down there. I think I did well. I came in, scored a few points, and grabbed some rebounds. Overall, I think I did well. I think I played my way into the NBA camp, so I was kind of happy about that."
Prior to heading off to the annual top 100 camp, Shaw will be making his way to Ann Arbor. The skilled big man will begin his first official visit later in the week when he hits the University of Michigan's campus. Despite this being his initial visit, he already has a good idea of what to look for. "I'm just getting ready for the visit right now," Shaw said. "My mom was going to come, but she couldn't get the tickets arranged, so I'll be coming by myself. I'll be looking at the overall feel for the school, how the people, players and classes are. I'll also be looking for how I respond to them (the players) and how they respond to me."
Aside from Michigan, Shaw claims offers from Boston College, Georgia Tech, Miami, and Wake Forest. All but the Hurricanes join Michigan on his current list of favorites. The Maize and Blue led the pack for quite some time, but the young big man has backed off of that stance a bit. "I don't really have a leader at this point because I haven't seen the schools as much as I want to," Shaw said. "All I've really done is talk to the coaches. I want to go to the schools and see how they are."
Shaw has yet to plan trips to any of the other programs on his list, but he definitely plans to visit all of them. "I'm pretty sure the visits will go into my senior year because I don't really want to jump into things," he said. "I want to make sure I make the right decision and not just take the first thing that I get. I'll probably make my decision during by the early period in November."
For the time being, Shaw's focus is on the Wolverines. Michigan's status was a little in doubt after the departure of former assistant Charles Ramsey, but Tommy Amaker's appeal has smoothed over any reservations the young power forward may have had. "Me and Coach Amaker have gotten real close," Shaw said. "I don't want to say that I was upset that Coach Ramsey left, but I was surprised. I think it got me closer to Coach Amaker though, so it kind of worked out for the best."
GoBlueWolverine will have more on Shaw in the coming days and weeks.