Happily for the Bears men's basketball program, there were no surprises on the early National Letter of Intent day yesterday as all three signatures came over the wire as expected from†Salesian (Richmond, CA) wing Jabari Bird, Ransom Everglades (Miami, FL) combo guard Kyle Singer and Santa Monica High School shooting guard Jordan Mathews.
Mathews, the son of former USF head coach and current UCLA assistant Phil Mathews was happy to have the signing under his belt before his season to concentrate on the work he has to†do to†get his Santa Monica squad back to the†CIF playoffs.
"It really felt official to me signing the letter and sending it in,"†said Mathews.
"To me, it signaled the beginning of a lot of hard work. I'm excited to have it out of the†way so I can concentrate on my season and getting better.
"It was an exciting experience."
Cal head coach Mike Montgomery lauded Mathews' shooting ability -a trait that fits well into†Montgomery's offense -as evidenced by the gaudy numbers put up so far in Cal's opening two games by junior guards Justin Cobbes and Allen Crabbe, with the due scoring over 100 points combined to start the season.†
“Jordan is a great shooter,” Montgomery said. “He comes from a great background where he was raised around basketball Basketball has been his life and that is going to really help him. He knows how the game is played. He is a terrific young man. With Jordan, we are bringing a guy in that can really extend the floor and shoot the ball.”
Mathews is excited with how he'll fit into the Bears roster and how he'll be utitlized by Montgomery and his staff when he's eventually a Bear in 2013.
"I haven't had a chence to watch their games yet but they're doing really well so far, especially Justin Cobbes and Allen Crabbe," said Mathews. "He went off for like 33 the other night.
"Coach lets his guards play and lets them shoot the ball and they run a lot of good stuff to get their shooting guards their shots. That looks really good."
The 6-3/190 Mathews averaged 22 points for Santa Monica in his league MVP†junior season and is rated #77 overall by ESPN.