Top freshman Matthews at St. Rita

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By Joe Henricksen

Charles Matthews, one of the highly-regarded players in the freshmen class, is enrolled at St. Rita. The 6-3 guard played with Whitney Young this past summer and was expected to attend the Chicago Public League power this year, but Matthews is enrolled and attending St. Rita.

Matthews is a promising player in the Class of 2015 and arguably one of the top two or three prospects in the class at this early stage. He brings size, length and versatility as he’s capable of playing both guard positions.

Coach Gary DeCesare’s Mustangs now have a nice collection of veteran talent and young, up-and-coming players in the program. Among the young players in the program is Charles Matthews’ brother, Dominique Matthews, a talented sophomore guard who started last season as a freshman, along with 6-5 sophomore Vic Law.

St. Rita will also welcome back a healthy A.J. Avery, a 6-7 senior who missed the majority of last season with an injury, and rising guard Tony Hicks. The 6-1 Hicks was one of the biggest stock risers among college coaches in the Class of 2012 this past summer on the AAU circuit and is among the top 15 prospects in the Hoops Report’s Class of 2012 player rankings.

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