Washington State's Matthews to Transfer

May 10th, 2007

ST. BONAVENTURE, N.Y. — Men’s basketball head coach Mark Schmidt announced on Thursday that shooting guard Chris Matthews will transfer to St. Bonaventure from Washington State University.

A 6-foot-4, 207-lb. guard, Matthews will have two seasons of eligibility remaining after he sits out the 2007-08 season per NCAA transfer guidelines.

“Chris has been exposed to and has played at the highest level of college basketball the last two years and his knowledge for the game and experience will be useful for our young players coming in,” said Schmidt. “He will have a chance to get comfortable with our system for a full season and will be one of the go-to guys in 2008-09. Chris’ ability to shoot the ball combined with his basketball IQ make him a threat on the offensive end and a bonafide A-10 player. We’re excited that Chris has decided to join our basketball family.”

Matthews averaged 3.7 points per game over 17 games last season on a Washington St. team that earned the No. 3 seed in the East Region of the NCAA Tournament with a 25-7 regular season record. Matthews scored five points in eight minutes in the team’s loss to Vanderbilt in the second round of the NCAA Tournament. His best game of the season came against No. 7 Oregon when he tied a career-high with 13 points on 5-of-9 shooting from the field, including two three-pointers.

During his two seasons with the Cougars, Matthews averaged 3.5 points per game and 10.9 minutes over 35 contests. He started three games as a freshman and scored a career-high 13 points against No. 16 Washington.

A native of Washington, D.C., Matthews played three seasons at National Christian Academy in Baltimore, Md. He helped lead National to back-to-back Beltway League Championships as a junior and senior. Matthews then transferred to Lutheran Christian Academy, a prep school in Philadelphia, where he averaged 13.0 points per game. Lutheran Christian Academy finished with a 35-3 record and was ranked the No. 5 prep school in the nation.

– SBU –