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HEADER WESLEY MATTHEWS Shooting Guard/Small Forward Marquette University Golden Eagles #23 Madison, Wisconsin Memorial High School
OVERVIEW Matthews was part of a rarity in college basketball - a backcourt that remained intact for four complete seasons. Interchangeable parts, he shared both guard duties with fellow Golden Eagles Jerel McNeal and Dominic James, as that trio took part in 94 Marquette victories during their careers.
The Marquette seniors combined for 5,407 points, with McNeal setting the school career record with 1,985 points, followed by James, who ranks third with 1,749 and Matthews, who finished his career with 1,673 points, eighth in school annals.
Matthews' ability to draw contact saw him set the Golden Eagles all-time record with 549 free throws made, as his percentage of 79.9 from the foul line is good for ninth in school history. Of that talented trio, Matthews was the superior defender, coming up with 628 rebounds. His final season was certainly his best, as his 213 free throws made set the Marquette single-season record and his 641 points scored placed fifth on that annual record chart.
The son of Pam Moore and Wes Matthews, you can see where Matthews got his basketball pedigree. His mother was a two-sport athlete and track standout at the University of Wisconsin and was inducted in to the school's Hall of Fame in September 2006. His father played basketball at Wisconsin and was drafted by the Washington Bullets in the first round (14th pick) of the 1980 NBA draft, as he also played with Atlanta, Philadelphia, Chicago, San Antonio and Los Angeles Lakers.
Their son was named Mr. Basketball for the state of Wisconsin by the WBCA/Milwaukee Journal Sentinel. The 2005 Associated Press Wisconsin Player of the Year, Matthews added Associated Press and Milwaukee Journal Sentinel first-team All-State accolades as a senior at Memorial High School.
That season, Matthews averaged 22.5 points in leading his team to a 24-2 record and the state championship. He was rated the 56th-best overall high school prospect in the nation by Hoopmasters.com. As a junior, he garnered second team All-State honors from the Journal Sentinel after averaging 15.8 points and helping Memorial reach the state championship game.
Matthews played in 23 games for the Golden Eagles, making 13 consecutive starts before suffering a stress fracture in his right foot vs. Lewis College that would sideline him for the first eight games during the month of January in 2005-06. He averaged 9.0 points and 4.0 rebounds per game, but after returning to play after his injury, he averaged 7.4 points, 3.2 rebounds in 23.0 minutes per game. His 43.8 percent from three-point range ranked second on the squad.
As a sophomore, Matthews started all 34 games at the two-guard position. He collected 430 points (12.6 ppg), shooting 43.8 percent from the field, but saw his long-range accuracy suffer, making just 28.8 percent of his treys. He pulled down 5.3 boards and had 2.2 assists per game while coming up with a career-high 49 steals.
In 2007-08, Matthews claimed Marquette's "Free Throw Proficiency" award, as he ranked among the league leaders in free throw percentage (seventh, .790). One of two players to start all 35 games, the shooting guard averaged 11.3 points per game. He delivered 59 assists (1.7 apg) with 155 rebounds (4.4 rpg), as he had 34 steals.
In his final season, Matthews earned All-Big East Conference second-team honors and was one of 30 players to receive John R. Wooden Award Watch List recognition. Starting all 35 games, he totaled a career-high 641 points (18.3 ppg), firing in 47.5 percent of his field-goal attempts while making 82.9 percent of his shots from the free throw line. He also grabbed a career-high 201 rebounds (5.7 rpg) and doled out 86 assists (2.5 apg), adding a career-high 18 blocked shots.
2008-09 SEASON Earned MU's Most Improved Player Award and "White Line Committed"/Defensive Player of the Year Award... Added second-team All-Big East Conference honors...Started all 35 games, as the John R. Wooden Award midseason watch list member scored 641 points (18.3 ppg), the fifth-highest season total by a Golden Eagle...His 213 free throws made (257 attempts, 82.9 percent) set the school single-season record, as he hit on 47.5 percent of his field goals (193 of 406) and 36.8 percent of his three-point tries (42 of 114)...Scored in double figures 32 times, including 16 contests with at least 20 points, as he also produced a pair of double-double performances...Finished second on the team with a career-high 201 rebounds (5.7 rpg), as his 86 assists (2.5 apg) ranked third on the squad...Second on the team with a career-high 18 blocked shots (0.5 bpg) and third on the squad with 43 steals (1.2 spg)...Charged with 82 turnovers and 76 personal fouls that included one game disqualification.
2007-08 SEASON Claimed MU's Free Throw Proficiency Award...Ranked among the league leaders in free-throw percentage (seventh, .790)...One of two players to start all 35 games, as he scored 395 points (11.3 ppg) on 121 of 279 field goals (43.4 percent), 21 of 67 three-pointers (31.3 percent) and hit on 132 of 167 free throws...Scored in double figures 25 times that included one 20-plus point effort...Tallied 155 rebounds (4.4 rpg) with 10 blocked shots, 34 steals (1.0 spg) and 59 assists (1.7 apg)...Collected 57 turnovers with 76 personal fouls.
2006-07 SEASON Started all 34 games at shooting guard, earning Big East Conference Player of the Week honors (1/02)...Collected 430 points (12.6 ppg) on 133 of 304 field goals (43.8 percent) and 141 of 183 free throws (77.0 percent)...Shot 28.8 percent from three-point range (23 of 80), as he scored in double figures 26 times, including generating at least 20 points in four contests...Blocked five shots, had a career-high 49 steals (1.4 spg) and dished out 75 assists (2.2 apg)...Also was credited with 179 rebounds (5.3 rpg), but was charged with 84 turnovers and 84 personal fouls that included four disqualifications.
2005-06 SEASON Played in 23 games for the Golden Eagles, making 13 consecutive starts before suffering a stress fracture in his right foot vs. Lewis College that would sideline him for the first eight games during the month of January...Finished with 207 points (9.0 ppg), as he hit on 65 of 163 field goals (39.9 percent) that included 14 of 32 three-pointers (43.8 percent)...Shot 78.8 percent from the free-throw line (63 of 80), as he doled out 51 assists (2.2 apg) to go with 29 steals (1.3 spg), five blocked shots and 93 rebounds (4.0 rpg)...Totaled 52 turnovers and 51 personal fouls.
CAREER NOTES Matthews started 117 games, ranking tied for third in school history with 127 starting assignment, matching Ousmane Barro (2004-08)...Ranks eighth in Marquette annals with 1,673 points scored (13.2 ppg), as he connected on 512 of 1,152 field goals (44.4 percent), 100 of 293 three-pointers (34.1 percent) and set the school career record with 549 free throws made (687 attempts, as his 79.9 percent ranks ninth on the MU all-time list), topping the previous mark of 493 successful free throws by Dean "The Dream" Meminger (1968-71)...His 213 free throws made in 2008-09 set the school single-season record, topping the old mark of 184 by Meminger in 1970-71...His 641 points scored as a senior is good for fifth on the Marquette annual record chart...His 628 rebounds (4.9 rpg) rank 19th in school history...Handed out 271 assists (2.1 apg), blocked 38 shots (0.3 bpg) and had 155 steals (1.2 spg).
HIGH SCHOOL Attended Memorial (Madison, Wis.) High School, earning Mr. Basketball honors for the state of Wisconsin by the WBCA/Milwaukee Journal Sentinel...The 2005 Associated Press Wisconsin Player of the Year, Matthews added Associated Press and Milwaukee Journal Sentinel first-team All-State accolades as a senior...That season, Matthews averaged 22.5 points in leading his team to a 24-2 record and the state championship...Rated the 56th-best overall high school prospect in the nation by Hoopmasters.com...As a junior, he garnered second team All-State honors from the Journal Sentinel after averaging 15.8 points and helping Memorial reach the state championship game.
INJURY REPORT 2005-06 Season: Suffered a stress fracture in his right foot vs. Lewis College (12/28) that would sideline him for the first eight games during the month of January (1/03-to-1/28).
PERSONAL Graduated in May 2009 with a degree in Advertising...Son of Pam Moore and Wes Matthews...Mother was a two-sport athlete and track standout at the University of Wisconsin and was inducted in to the school's hall of fame in September 2006...Father played basketball at Wisconsin and was drafted by the Washington Bullets in the first round (14th pick) of the 1980 NBA draft, as he also played with Atlanta, Philadelphia, Chicago, San Antonio and Los Angeles Lakers...Born 10/14/86...Resides in Madison, Wisconsin.
SCOUTING REPORT Positives: Developing his outside shot has seen Matthews begin to emerge as a wing, but he is better served when slashing to basket, using his athleticism to work his way through the crowd while drawing contact, as he is more than capable of converting on his trips to the line (holds the school free throw records for a career (549 made) and a season (213 in 2008-09)...Has a strong surge to the rim, but even though he lacks great lateral quickness or explosion, he has the ability to angle his way through traffic, but must be more protective to the ball when he puts it on the floor...Even though he is a shooter first, he is unselfish with the ball, demonstrating good decision-making process, as he would much rather funnel the ball to an open teammate that take a questionable shot...Still a work in progress shooting from the perimeter and needs to working on attaining better elevation (also struggles to make a shot with a defender in his face, preferring to fade away), but he has the smooth shooting stroke and mechanics, along with adequate footwork that has seen him improve his three-point success from 28.8 percent as a sophomore to 36.8 percent as a senior...Does a nice job of getting to the basket working in transition and has the pump fakes and hesitation moves to get the defender off-balanced to get off a cleaner shot...Has the strength to drive to the rim and knows how to toss his shoulders around to push off his opponent when working inside...Even though he is a backcourt man, he knows how to mix it up with bigger forwards and uses his impressive strength well to box out his man and establish his presence under the boards (ranks 19th in school history with 628 rebounds)...Runs up and down the court with good urgency and gets most of his points shooting from mid-range or pulling up and executing a jump shot from the weak side...Likes to have the ball in his hands in pressure situations and while he needs to get a tighter handle, he can score from the perimeter and is a good finesse type shooter, with the leg drive to attack the basket...Can finish in transition, especially when going to his layup and can pull up and set his feet to fire the jumpers...Has the upper body strength to box out the smaller opponents (just needs to use it more)...Likes to get the ball and fire it playing off screens and can draw contact on the way to the basket, showing a quick release point and good arch on his free throw shooting...Compensates for a lack of blazing speed with good balance moving in the open court...Patient bringing the ball up and has enough crispness on his passes to needle the ball through double teams to an open man when he gets a few minutes playing on the point (271 assists in 127 games)... Better shooting from the right side of the court, but can execute a nice fadeaway from the left side when pulling up off the dribble...Shows enough agility to free himself up on screens...If he gets a good bead on the ball, he can score on the transition layup, but is better playing the half-court game.
Negatives: His biggest problem is when he over-dribbles, as he does not have a good handle on the ball, resulting in 275 turnovers (78 percent came when driving into the lanes)...Gets into a rut where he will constantly put up bricks and keep shooting, rather than pass the ball away when his perimeter game is failing him...Does not have the explosive speed or lateral movement to handle slashers and must do a better job of staying in front of perimeter shooters...Does not get great elevation with his jumper and his vertical elevation issues and lack of explosiveness will see bigger wings contest quite a few of his shots at the NBA level...Might also have problems playing on the wing, as his timing is off and he does not show the ability to consistently play above the rim, a requirement for NBA wing types...Has to get much quicker, as he has to hope his moves can lull an opponent to sleep, as he is never going to be able to generate an explosive initial step when trying to get by the defender.
Compares To: DAHNTAY JONES, Denver -- Matthews discovered his scoring touch as a senior, improving his average by seven points (18.3 ppg), as he shot 36.8 percent from three-point range. But he is not an explosive player, nor one that gets good elevation executing his jumper. His average athleticism is sometimes compensated by his basketball IQ, but NBA types are much smarter than those he fooled at the college level. He might be better off filling out some, as he will reside on the wing. His poor handle makes him too turnover prone to be relied upon for even a few minutes serving as a ball facilitator.