Emmitt Matthews Chooses WVU

Emmitt Matthews Chooses WVU


West Virginia added its sixth new scholarship player and seventh overall in the Class of 2018 when West Coast swingman Emmitt Matthews Jr. announced his verbal commitment to the Mountaineers. He joins Jordan McCabe, Trey Doomes, Andrew Gordon, Derek Culver and Jermaine Haley as scholarship players entering WVU this summer. Walk-on Taevon Horton is also slated to join WVU for the 2018-19 season, which means the Mountaineers will have turned over more than half its roster from a season ago.

Matthews, who previously committed to UConn before rescinding that choice in the wake of the firing of head coach Kevin Ollie on March 10.  He had signed a letter of intent with the Huskies during the early signing period, but was released from that obligation by the school when Ollie was dismissed and he announced his intention to reopen his recruitment.

A 6-7, 190-pounder from Wilson High School in Tacoma, Wash., Matthews is a top-five rated player in the state. He could play anywhere from the point to the four position, but likely would be a two or three initially for WVU.

After Matthews decommitted from UConn, a number of schools reached out to him to gauge his interest.  Among those were Arizona, Oklahoma, N.C. State, Pitt, Georgetown, Virginia Tech, Washington, Washington State, Georgia and LSU. He also said he wasn’t eliminating the Huskies from consideration, but they didn’t appear to be in the race for his services once he announced he was reopening the recruiting process.

Matthews averaged 24 points and 10 rebounds during his junior season, and helped Wilson to a 21-8 record this past season.  He was the Tacoma News Tribune ll Area player of the year, the Class 3A Pierce County league MVP, and the coaches’ pick for state 3A player of the year. He averaged 22.3 points, 9.4 rebounds, 2.4 assists and 2.3 blocks per game while totaling 1,614 points and 744 rebounds at Wilson.

A Top 150 player nationally, he has the ability to defend any guard or forward, and should help West Virginia get back to a more versatile approach on defense.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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    Emmitt Matthews ChoosesWVU West Virginia added its sixth new scholarship player and seventh overall in the Class of 2018 when West Coast swingman Emmi
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    #59270

    And we knew this was coming. This will be one of the most talented and prolly the deepest team I can remember. Now hope that Sags comes back. We’ll know at the end of the month.

    #59271

    JAL

    Expected but good now committed.

    #59272

    Just spoke with Matthews again. Really impressed with him. Spoke of WVU’s top tier status as a hoops destination, and looks forward to helping across the board. He sees his versatility as his biggest strength.

    He’s already developed relationships with McCabe, Doomes, Bolden and Sags, and is looking forward to coming to WVU in the summer. Hasn’t set a date yet, but he said it will be soon.

    #59277

    This gives Huggs great flexibility at all positions. I don’t see a player on the team that couldn’t be classified in the top 8 or 9 on most teams in the past. These guys are going to fight for pt. It may be that Huggs has a starting 5 and a 6th & 7th man and another starting 5 and a 6th & 7th man. AND guys that can play multiple positions.

    Scary thing is that there is only 1 SR on this team. Although if Sags comes back he prolly will go after his JR year and Harler may be a SR Grad transfer.

    #59281

    Think about this lineup
    PG – Haley
    SG – Matthews
    SF – Esa
    PF – Culver
    PF – Sags

    This would make the Kentucky lineup of a couple years ago look small.

    #59283

    We had only 2 seniors on this year’s roster, but turned over half the roster…

    “Walk-on Taevon Horton is also slated to join WVU for the 2018-19 season, which means the Mountaineers will have turned over more than half its roster from a season ago.”

    #59286

    Look at the versatility of this team
    PG — McCabe, Bolden, Knapper, Haley, Matthews
    SG — Bolden, Knapper, Harler, Doomes, Haley, Matthews
    SF — Ahmad, West, Haley, Matthews
    PF — Harris, West, Culver, Sags, Haley, Matthews
    C — Sags, Gordon, Culver

    Sags playing some at PF with Gordon or Culver in the lineup also to get him some experience and ready for the NBA next year.

    Only players that look like they are really one position players are McCabe at 1, Esa at 3, and Gordon at 5.

    #59340

    Are McCabe and Esa really “locked in” to one spot. McCabe recently 15 for 15 in 3-pt shooting contest and hit 72% to win Beckley all-star game 3-pt. contest. Shot 3 well in high school and used his ball-handling to lose his defender. Esa played PF last year. As Huggs said when disappointed in Esa’s play, “He should be best PF in B12.”

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