Like all players, Matthew Humphrey is ready for this month. The 6-foot-5, 175-pound shooting guard from Hales Franciscan High School in Chicago, Ill., and his Mean Streets AAU team have proven their success on the AAU circuit this year and looking to close out strong.
Humphrey, a Rivals150 prospect, has shined with his travel team and played deep into a number of tournaments. Winning the Peach Jam is the goal for him and his teammates.
"We need to keep doing what we were doing before like playing hard and playing defense," Humphrey said. "Not too many teams do that. They just run and gun.
"I can't afford too many bad games. I don't want to have any at all. It's all about proving myself as a player to the coaches and the scouts and your teammates."
Humphrey has certainly proven himself as a perimeter scorer in the class of 2008. He hit shots on the wing at the NBPA Top 100 camp. Humphrey said he hopes to expand his role even more this month.
"Starting off in April, I think I did real well. I'm shooting the basketball really well. With my AAU team, I'm getting to the basket pretty well and finishing," he said.
Recruiting has also taken form for the four-star prospect. He said he has heard from Florida, Duke, UConn, Kentucky, Oregon, Illinois, Tennessee, Virginia and Notre Dame.
Humphrey said Oregon has made a strong impression.
"That's one of my favorites right now," he says.
Finding a school that can help him develop quickly is a major component to his decision, Humphrey said.
"Their sense of urgency to get me to the next level is big," he said. "Playing time is big but it also depends on what kind of school it is. That's all dependent on me. I have to control how much I play by playing good."
Humphrey will participate in the LeBron James Skills Academy this week.