Just a few weeks after UConn established contact with 2013 combo guard E.C. Matthews, the Romulus, Mich. native made the trip to Storrs. And he was joined by his high school and AAU teammate, point guard Wes Clark.
Matthews and Clark (which happens to be the name of a metal tile distributor in Jamaica) are two rising prospects in the class of 2013: Both were receiving mid-major attention until the summer. Now, Matthews lists UConn, Marquette, Rhode Island, Minnesota, Xavier, USC , Missouri and Arizona as his potential suitors. Clark, who interviewed with Hearst Connecticut Media Group last month, listed many of the same, and included Pitt and Michigan State.
“If the situation is right, I could see us playing together (in college),” Matthews said.
Of course, the situation at UConn is a bit complicated: It’s still unclear whether Calhoun will coach this upcoming season, and even if he finishes his current contract, 2013 recruits will only have him for one year. No successor has been named, although signs point to Kevin Ollie eventually taking the reigns.
Matthews, who spoke with Calhoun by phone during his visit, was not concerned about the uncertainty surrounding the Hall of Fame coach.
“(Calhoun) told us that even we went there all four years, even if he’s not coaching, he’s still going to be with the organization helping and stuff,” Matthews said.
A 6-foot-3 slasher who can spot up from 3-point range, Matthews is regarded as a “tweener” at the next level. Some programs are recruiting him as a point guard; others — like UConn — envision him off-the-ball. Matthews hasn’t decided whether he’d like to play the point or two-guard in college.
The nation’s 72nd best prospect according to Scout.com, Matthews has also visited Rhode Island and Xavier. He’s planning a trip to Minnesota soon. Despite the flurry of summer activity, he said he probably won’t make a college decision until the conclusion of high school basketball season.
Aside from Matthews, UConn is in the hunt for a few other 2013 shooting guards: Los Angeles star Isaac Hamilton, Ontario’s Xavier Rathan Mayes and Santa Monica’s Jordan Mathews.