July 13, 2012

Iowa in the mix for Matthews

With only one scholarship to give in the Class of 2013, Coach Fran McCaffery can afford to be selective on the recruiting trail. One prospect that has caught the eye of McCaffery and his staff in the past year is combo guard E.C. Matthews from Detroit, Michigan.

The 6-foot-4 guard, who is rated by Rivals.com as the 88th best prospect in the Class of 2013 is on the radar of a lot of schools, according to Romulus High School Coach Nate Oates.

"Right now there are a lot of schools that will be looking at him during the July evaluation period," Oates said.

One of the schools that has been involved with Matthews the longest is Iowa, who started their recruitment of the four star prospect a year ago.

"Iowa got in on him about a year ago. Andrew Francis came out last summer to see us and he's been in there all year. They have been in on him longer than just about any schools and certainly longer than any Big Ten school. It seems like Iowa is really making a strong push and it probably helps that they are in Big Ten country," Oates said.

Oates says that he isn't certain that distance will be a factor in Matthews final decision, he isn't in a rush to make a decision, but he will likely visit Iowa this fall.

"We haven't set anything up yet with Iowa, but I am pretty sure he will be making a visit there this fall."

The Hawkeyes aren't alone in their pursuit of Matthews. Oates says that USC has been recruiting him since his freshman year. He also holds offers from Xavier, Dayton, and UMASS. Arizona has picked up their interest this spring and recently extended a scholarship offer and Minnesota appears to be increasing their level of interest.

One factor that could play into Matthews college choice is the opportunity to play combo guard rather than just a two guard.

"There are a lot of schools that are recruiting him to play the wing and honestly he could be a very good combo guard at the college level and I think that's what he wants to do," Oates said.

Whoever ends up landing Matthews will be getting a kid who is a true gym rat that loves the game of basketball, according to Oates.

"He's a 6-4 and he's long. He's a left hander that is really skilled and a total gym rat. He really works hard on his game and can get to the rim very easily. In the past year he has worked very hard on his jumper and now he's knocking down those shots and it makes him a really tough cover."

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