Trip Report - Matthew Atewe

Matthew Atewe a 6-foot-9, center/forward from Brampton, Ontario - a suburb of Toronto - took an official visit to Washington this past weekend, and the Auburn transfer saw exactly what he wanted to in a future home. But will UW be that home?

“Everything, to be honest with you,” Atewe told when asked if anything stood out on his official visit. “I absolutely loved it. From the coaching staff to the teammates, to the campus, to what they have to offer and how I can help…coach Romar didn’t sugar-coat anything.”

How is it different than Auburn? “Other than in terms of the city, coach (Lorenzo) Romar actually reminds me a lot of my past coach, coach (Tony) Barbee,” Atewe said. “That’s what intrigued me the most, just how real he is and how he doesn’t sugar-coat anything. He’s a real straightforward guy, and that’s the type of person I am.”

The Huskies, in typical fashion, fed their visitors well. “I’ve never seen a steak cost that much,” Atewe said with a chuckle during his trip to one of Seattle’s top steakhouses. They had brunch at Salty’s Saturday, followed by dinner at coach Romar’s house.

“The people that hosted me were really, really cool guys,” said Atewe. “I really feel like they are people that have the same personality as me. That was cool as well. They are serious about their sport but can have fun as well.”

Atewe has been dealing with some leg injuries, and because of that he may be able to apply for a waiver to play immediately this fall. “It was crazy because coach Romar told me about a treadmill they have where your legs don’t feel your body weight,” Atewe said of Washington’s physical therapy facilities. “That’s what I need in terms of my rehab. I’m almost close to being cleared to do many things like run. So that intrigued me as well.”

So now that Atewe is done with his first official visit, what now? “(Washington) are definitely the favorites and you’ll probably find out tomorrow what I’m going to do,” he said.

So look for more news tomorrow on Atewe’s transfer decision. Wherever he goes, he’ll have three years to complete three years of eligibility.

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