Matthews makes his choice

Scratch Charles Matthews off your recruiting wish list. Matthews, the five-star Class of 2015 combo guard from St. Rita announced Wednesday morning an oral commitment to Kentucky during a news conference at his Chicago high school.

The 6-foot-4 Matthews revealed on Twitter late Monday night that he would soon be making his college choice, surprising many as he previously had not listed finalists or a timetable for making a decision. Matthews revealed his five finalists Monday to be Kentucky, Illinois, Kansas, Marquette and Michigan State.

His list had previously included Duke, Ohio State, SMU, Stanford and Wisconsin.

The Badgers were expected to visit him this weekend before Matthews made the abrupt announcement.

The decision to end his recruitment came hours after Kentucky coach John Calipari had visited Matthews at St. Rita on Monday afternoon.

Illinois does have two commitments in the Class of 2015 in Plainfield East’s Aaron Jordan and Simeon’s D.J. Williams, a close friend of Matthews.

The Illini still have two scholarships to give in that class and a high priority for John Groce and his coaching staff is Stevenson point guard Jalen Brunson.

Matthews is rated by Scout.com and the 14th best player in his class and the No. 4 shooting guard. He can sign a letter of intent with the Wildcats in November.

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griff507 wrote on February 26, 2014 at 8:02 pm

Yet another young man going to bus stop u. The one and done school. Although I'm not sure you can call it a school. There Men's basketball program has a graduation rate of about 10%. Kids only go there that don't care about getting an education. To bad the NCAA doesn't care if they learn anything, all they care about is UK making money for the NCAA. They don't give a d**n about the kids.

I'm not mad about another top player leaving the state, I don't want a bunch of one and done players anyway. They should all have to stay for at least three years anyway. If they don't want to sign up for that, let them go to the league right out of high school. Who does the NCAA think they are fooling, letting them come in for one year, and then leave? The only reason is for the almighty dollar. The NCAA, is a complete joke.