Class of 2013 point guard E.C. Matthews had just three offers two weeks ago — Dayton, Rhode Island and USC — but after a good start in the Nike EYBL with dozens of college coaches looking on, the Michigan native has doubled his number of offers.
Arizona, Creighton and Iowa are the latest to offer Matthews, who also lists interest from Michigan, Xavier, Minnesota, Oregon, UNLV, Mississippi State and Virginia. He’s able to identify programs that are sticking out to him, too.
“Arizona, Indiana, Xavier, Virginia, Rhode Island and Oregon stand out,” Matthews told NRS. “I just like their history, style of play and how their coaches let them play their game.”
That’s specifically what Matthews is looking for in a school, the playing style. “I want to go to a school that will let me go out there and run the team,” Matthews added. “I like to run, that’s where I’m at my best.”
The 6’4, 180-pound combo guard, who has helped lead his AAU squad to the top of the EYBL division standings through the first two sessions, knows which schools he wants to visit, too.
“I want to visit Indiana, Rhode Island, USC, Oregon and Virginia,” Matthews said. “I haven’t really seen what those schools have to offer academic wise and I’m just interested in them.”
However, Matthews doesn’t know when he’ll visit those programs although he is eyeing a commitment date some time in January. He says Xavier, Dayton, USC, Arizona, Minnesota, Virginia and Rhode Island are recruiting him the hardest.
****Bonus Coverage– Here’s an excerpt of our evaluation of Matthews from the EYBL this past weekend taken from our detailed recap:
The Michigan floor general was another surprise over the weekend as he did a terrific job of penetrating and getting into the lane at will. He is an acrobatic finisher around the rim and has the ability to create scoring opportunities for his teammates because of the attention he draws once he gets in the paint.