Charles Matthews learns from watching
Often times it is the younger brother who has to play his way out of the shadow of expectations set by their older brothers. Three-star Dominique Matthews has things a little different.
A 6-foot-2 senior combo guard at Chicago (Ill.) St. Rita's, Matthews has always been pretty well regarded. But, his younger brother Charles Matthews -- a class of 2015 five-star -- has received more attention.
With Charles sidelined by an ankle injury to start the 2013-14 season, Dominuque has been able to show just what he's capable of. An attacking and aggressive guard who can score off the dribble, Matthews knew he had to step up with his brother out and is excited to get him back on the floor.
"It's a big role," Matthews told Rivals.com of helping to cover for his younger brother being out of the lineup. "When he gets back, I know we are really going to be strong. But, as a senior I know what I need to do so I'm just going to continue to play hard."
Attention hasn't ever been Matthews focus. His focus has been improving his ability as a shooter, cutting down on mistakes and worrying about what he can control and letting the rest take care of itself.
"I'm just working hard on every aspect of my game," said Matthews. "I know that colleges are going to start coming around as I show what I can do and play at a high level like I have been doing so far this year."
So far, Matthews has offers from SMU, Toledo, Chicago State, Southern Illinois and Wisconsin-Milwaukee. Rivals.com was able to watch him at the recent Chicago Elite Classic and he is among the top remaining guards, deserving of more scholarship offers and can help at either the point or shooting guard slot.
"I started off as a two because I loved to shoot the ball a lot," said Matthews. "I'm starting to get into being more of a point guard and being a better passer. I know in college at my height I'm probably going to have to play the point more."
Now, the goal for Matthews is to continue his great start and he trusts that the attention he deserves will come along. When it does, he'll be looking at the usual things to pick a program that fits him best.
"Good academics, of course," said Matthews about what he's looking for in a college. "Also a good group of guys that want to work hard and a coaching staff invested in me and winning."