From early on in Mathias's recruitment, Purdue made it known that he's a priority. Coach Matt Painter has followed his games in high school and along the AAU circuit. That gesture hasn't gone forgotten.
"They've stayed in touch a lot more than some of the other schools have," Mathias said when asked why Purdue stands out.
Mathias, who's a 6-foot-4, 185-pound swingman, has been on the Boilermakers' recruiting radar for years. The interest from Purdue's coaches has remained steady, and the feeling is mutual.
"They're a very prestigious school, both with basketball and academics, and that's what I'm looking for in a school," said Mathias of Purdue. "Their community backs them. It's an all-around good fit."
Painter and the Purdue coaches have maintained consistent contact through phone calls and several in-home visits. In March, Mathias returned the favor by visiting West Lafayette.
During his time on Purdue's campus, Mathias was shown what the university offers, both on the court and in the classroom. Each aspect means a great deal to him.
"I got to meet the academic coordinators, the players and the coaching staff," he said. "It was great."
During the tour, the coaching staff restated its interest in Mathias and explained what he can offer to the team. It's fairly simple.
"They need guys that can shoot, pass and dribble—that's what they said," he said. "I can bring that to the table."
When decision day arrives, Mathias will know which school fits him best. For now, he is figuring out where he best fits. Purdue believes that's in West Lafayette; the standout swingman must figure that out on his own.
"It's going to be the feel," he said. "When you get on campus, you talk about it with family and friends—it's going to be a feel thing."