Indianapolis - Since the opening recruiting period opened, schools have begun to invest time in players they will pursue over the next year. As schools finish up their 2014 classes, focus will shift exclusively to the class of 2015. One of the players in North Carolina that continues to see more schools take notice is ZaQwaun Matthews.
The Charlotte (NC) Myers Park guard displays an all-around game that has translated into interest from across the east, south, and midwest.
"I am good at dribbling, passing, and getting to the rim. My weakness right now would be my strength. I'm working on that trying to get bigger," Matthews told InsideTheDawgPound. "Georgetown, Baylor, Clemson, Charlotte, Gardner-Webb, East Carolina, Florida State, and Butler have been showing interest."
While Matthews hasn't been offered yet, he feels a couple offers could be on the way.
"I think Charlotte is about to offer and East Carolina," Matthews said.
Over the past few weeks schools have been picking up the interest in the talented 6-foot 4 guard. A number of coaches have visited since the beginning of the open recruiting period.
"Clemson and Georgetown came in and ECU came in last week," Matthews said. "They came and watched an open gym."
One school came and spent a little time getting to know Matthews and made an impact after the open gym.
"ECU came and they sat down and met with me," Matthews said. "Coach P (Potosnak), I like him. He is a nice guy. He kept it straight with me."
Another school that has contacted Matthews is Butler, who's new assistant coach Chris Holtmann continues to recruit the Carolinas and east coast, an area that he is extremely familiar with.
"Coach Holtmann contacted me," Matthews said. "He said he wanted me to come up for a visit. He wanted to get my transcripts and everything. I know they are a good tournament team."
While Matthews isn't extremely familiar with Butler he looks forward to hearing more from the Bulldogs and getting to know what Butler has to offer not only athletically, but academically as well. Matthews hopes to major in Communications and academics are extremely important to his mother.
After helping the Mustangs to a 14-10 record last season, Matthews looks forward to using his improved game to take Myers Park to the next level this season. He thinks he can help lead his team to a further run in the North Carolina 4A tournament.
"I feel like we are going to have a bigger run in the playoffs this year," Matthews said. "We have a couple players that are being recruited pretty highly." Even with his preparation for the upcoming season Matthews will take time over the next few weeks to visit a few of his suitors. After visiting Charlotte and Clemson last year, Matthews has planned a couple more visits this fall.
"I'm taking a visit to Clemson next Saturday, East Carolina invited me to visit, so I should be going up there soon.