Maryland showing interest in Matthews

An assistant coach watched the Madison, Wis. star perform last week

The Maryland coaching staff put its off-week to good use. The coaches hit the road and one of assistant coach Jimmy Patsos' stops was in Madison, Wis.

Patsos took in junior guard Wes Matthews Jr.'s game last Thursday

Matthews Jr., a 6-foot-4, 195-pound combo guard who is considered one of the Top 100 players in the class, is averaging 15 points per game in leading Madison Memorial to an undefeated season.

"I'm an all-around player, I do a lot of things well," Matthews Jr. said. "I have a point guard mentality, I see the floor well and am also a good defender."

Basketball is in his bloodlines.

His father, Wes Matthews Sr., played at University of Wisconsin before being drafted 11th overall by the Washington Bullets in 1980. Matthews Sr. played eight seasons in the NBA. His mother, Pam Moore, also played basketball for Wisconsin, playing one season before becoming a national track and field star.

Matthews and his father are quite different on the court. The elder Matthews was a lightning-quick true point guard who make good decisions and also got to the basket virtually at will. Wes Matthews Jr. is a well-built guard who has three inches on his father and is just as comfortable at the off-guard spot as he is at the point.

"He does everything well," Madison Memorial coach Steve Collins said. "He passes well and probably projects more as a point guard, but right now he's a little more comfortable at the two."

Matthews Sr. now lives in Atlanta. Matthews Jr. has lived with his mother all his life and will look to her for advice in the recruiting process.

"She's gone through this herself as a scholarship athlete for Wisconsin," Matthews Jr. said.

Wisconsin and Georgia have shown some recent interest as well.

"I'm interested in Maryland. I'm looking for a program where underclassman are given a chance to play," Matthews said. "I'd like to be able to play right away."

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