HOOPS VERBAL: WSU lands shooting guard

SAY THIS FOR WSU coach Tony Bennett, the man knows how to recruit. Hours ago, shooting guard Christopher Matthews verbally committed to the Cougar coach without ever having set foot on the WSU campus. That temporary situation will be resolved about 48 hours from now as the 6-4 sharpshooter will arrive in Pullman, enroll in classes and begin his college career. Matthews also had a message for the Cougar Nation: Get ready to win.

Chris Matthews, a 6-4, 190-pound sharpshooter out of Philadelphia Lutheran, gave his pledge to coach Tony Bennett just hours ago.

"I chose Washington State," said Matthews. "He was very excited, like I am. I just like Tony Bennett, his personality and how he says he's going to help me develop."

The incoming true freshman who recently qualified chose WSU over offers from UMass, Providence, Tennessee, New Mexico State among others.

"There were a lot of schools that offered," said Matthews.

Matthews said he'll be sending in his Letter of Intent to WSU tomorrow, but he'll probably beat it there. He said he'll arrive in Pullman Thursday evening to enroll and get situated for the fall term at Washington State which begin next week.

"Everybody is already there, so I've got to get moving," said Matthews with a laugh.

MATTHEWS SPENT last season at Philadelphia's Lutheran Christian Academy after playing three seasons at National Christian in Baltimore. He drew the admiration of his coaches, and opposing coaches, for his smooth, pure shooting ability out of the two spot, and has outstanding range and athleticism.

With newcomers Caleb Forrest, Antonio Chavers, Rodney Edgerson, Ivory Clark, and Aron Baynes all preparing to done the crimson and gray, Matthews was asked if he had a message for the Cougar Nation.

"We're going to win," he said simply.


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