UConn has gone back to the West coast for its second 2018 commitment as Emmitt Matthews committed to the program on Saturday. A member of the Rivals150, Matthews is a supremely underrated wing from the state of Washington that is most valuable for his long-term upside and shot making skills on the perimeter.
While a visit to West Virginia was set for next month, UConn was able to beat out Seton Hall, Georgetown, Oregon State and the Mountaineers for his commitment.
Thanks to the recent hiring of Raphael Chillious, a one-time assistant coach at Washington who developed a relationship with Matthews before heading to Storrs, the Huskies were able to cash in.
“When he went over there, we didn’t talk much. I congratulated him about getting the job but he hit me up right after the end of the Las Vegas Classic and went from there,” he said.
"Just being out here, I feel like I am with a family. I like being with everyone here and the atmosphere is just phenomenal. Everything is just right for me. I have known Chill for a long time and with coach (Kevin) Ollie, it just explains itself. I just didn’t want to pass it up."
UConn's second commitment for 2018, Matthews will join fellow Rivals150 guard James Akinjo, a native of California, in Storrs next fall. UConn will host Brewster Academy center Lukas Kisunas beginning Monday for an official visit.