Rugged athlete ... Muscular performer with a nose for the basketball ... A lefthander with a flair for transition dunks ... Able to use strength to his advantage ... Explosive first step and can finish plays near the goal ... A chiseled physical specimen.
1999-00: Became an important role player in January and February ... Enjoyed the top field goal percentage (.515) of any Wildcat ... Produced 11 points on 5-of-8 shooting from the field in 81-67 loss to Kent in second round NIT action at the Pavilion ... Came within a point of his career high in points with 15 at Boston College on March 4 ... Connected on 6-of-7 field goal attempts ... Was a factor off the bench in 82-70 win over Rutgers on Feb. 20... Scored 11 points and was a career best 5-of-7 from the free throw line ... Generated eight points and three rebounds off the bench at St. John’s on Feb. 12 ... Helped Wildcats down Georgetown on Feb. 5 with nine points and seven rebounds in 17 minutes of action ... Made all four of his attempts from the field ... Saw 18 significant minutes of action in 78-75 win over Georgia on Jan. 30 ... Scored 10 points and grabbed two rebounds ... Added seven points, six rebounds and the first 3-point field goal of his career in a 67-66 loss to Miami on Jan. 17 ... Came up with his best effort as a collegian in 80-72 win over La Salle on Jan. 12 ... Led the Wildcats with eight rebounds and added 16 points, including two slam dunks ... Shot 7-of-10 from the floor ... Offered excellent defense in the second half against Michael Jordan in 67-65 win over Pennsylvania on Jan. 9 ... Scored four points and grabbed four rebounds in 19 minutes ... Played 12 minutes, scoring six points, collecting three rebounds and handing out two assists against Colorado in the Rainbow Classic on Dec. 27... Scored the first point of his college career with a free throw in the first half vs. Penn State on Dec. 11.
NOTRE DAME PREP
Spent two years at the school in Fitchburg, Mass. ... Produced a 21.0 ppg average in 1998-99 playing small forward for coach John Kelly ... Scored 33 points in a game against prep powerhouse Mt. Zion Christian Academy of North Carolina ... Averaged 19.2 points, 9.0 rebounds and 3.0 assists per game during the 1997-98 season.
Enrolled in the School of Arts & Sciences ... Born 11/6/79 ... First cousin is major league baseball player Delino DeShields. DeShields originally committed to play basketball at Villanova before signing his first professional baseball contract ... Listed among Delaware’s top 20 players in 1996 ... Eldest of three children of Wilmore and Monica Matthews.
MATTHEWS CAREER HIGHS Points: 16 vs. La Salle (1/12/00)
Rebounds: 8 vs. La Salle (1/12/00)
Assists: 5 vs. West Virginia (2/15/00)
Steals: 2 twice, last vs. WVU (2/15/00)
Blocks: 1 twice, last vs. Rutgers (2/20/00)
Minutes: 24 vs. La Salle (1/12/00)
Field Goals: 7 vs. La Salle (1/12/00)
3-point goals: 1 vs. Miami (1/17/00)
Free Throws: 5 vs. Rutgers (2/20/00)