St. Rita junior Charles Matthews orally committed to play for Kentucky and coach John Calipari on Wednesday.
(Nuccio DiNuzzo/Chicago Tribune / February 26, 2014)
Charles Matthews had nothing to gain by going through another spring and summer of evaluation.
Everybody already wanted the St. Rita junior, and Wednesday morning he chose Kentucky.
Matthews, a 6-foot-4 guard who excels on both ends of the floor, made the announcement at a press conference at St. Rita.
The No. 11 prospect nationally and No. 3-ranked shooting guard in the Class of 2015 by Rivals.com, Matthews chose Kentucky over Illinois, Kansas, Michigan State and Marquette.
“I just had a gut feeling from since the first day I went there,” said Matthews, who’s averaging 15 points and seven rebounds this season. “It was pointless to me to continue dragging it along. I didn’t want to do that to the other coaches who were recruiting me. I had a good feeling about Kentucky and the coaching staff, so I went ahead and pulled the trigger.”
Kentucky coach John Calipari also won Chicago recruiting battles for Derrick Rose, Anthony Davis and Marian Catholic senior Tyler Ulis.
Ulis and Matthews were AAU teammates with Meanstreets in the offseason. They could comprise an all-Chicago backcourt at Kentucky down the road.
“I spoke to Tyler,” Matthews said. “That’s my man. It will be a lot fun. We had a lot of fun last summer. I’m looking forward to that.”
Calipari was in town Monday recruiting Matthews, but Matthews said the visit did not trigger his announcement.
“A lot of people were thinking that,” Matthews said. “We didn’t talk about a commitment. He was just here to show support. Committing never even came up.”