7’1 Division III Player AJ Matthews on the NBA Draft Radar

It is not often you find a 7 footer hiding in plain sight in Division III. However that is the case with AJ Matthews of Farmingdale. According to Yahoo he will very well be the next player to make the unlikely leap from Div III to the NBA:

He earned NABC DIII All-American honors last season after averaging 22.4 points and 16.3 rebounds per game and shooting 61.4 percent from the field. He has solidified himself as early favorite for Division III Player of the Year so far this season, increasing his scoring average to 27.2 points per game while still contributing 15.4 rebounds and 4.0 blocks.

Matthews’ combination of production and potential has caught the attention of a handful of NBA franchises. Scouts from the Washington Wizards, Brooklyn Nets, New York Knicks and Indiana Pacers have arranged to watch Matthews play this month, a surreal experience for a little-known Long Island program and an unlikely opportunity for a kid far removed from college basketball’s big stage.

This is more proof to show that if you are on planet Earth, 7 feet tall, and can remotely put a ball in a basket the NBA will find you. No diss to AJ’s skills because he averages over 20 ppg, but more of a hat tip to the NBA scouts who go far and wide to find these guys.


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