Even with the loss of assistant coach and Illinois-native Jerrance Howard to Kansas this week, the SMU coaching staff will surely continue to target the Chicago area for top recruits.
One of their main targets is five-star point guard Charles Matthews of St. Rita (IL).
Matthews is regarded as one of the most talented players in the Class of 2015 and currently ranks as the number one point guard in the nation.
"I don't really know too much about the school. I just know about the great coaching staff," he said. "Larry Brown is historical. He is a legendary Hall of Fame coach, and that really stands out to me."
Matthews' team Meanstreets went just 2-2 on the weekend at Nike EYBL, but he looked very impressive and averaged 13 points per game. He showed off his size, length, and versatility on both ends of the floor and affected the game in multiple ways.
He defended both guard spots and showed potential to be a shutdown defender at the next level. He has a tremendous feel for the game and was able to get to the basket with ease on offense.
"I think I played pretty well," he said. "I get frustrated when we don't get the win, but I came out and played hard and my teammates played well."
Matthews also holds offers from Arizona, DePaul, Providence, Illinois, and Wisconsin. He said academics and warm weather are key factors in his decision and mentioned Arizona and SMU as being good fits.
"I was hoping to get down to SMU sometime in May and visit," he said. "It didn't work out, but Ill see when I get time to do it."
Matthews also said his mother will be playing a major role in his recruiting. Last year, he averaged 12 points, 7 rebounds, and 5 assists for St. Rita and lead them to back-to-back Catholic League titles.
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