Not much to report here, Matthews, who is a slender center, played at a very small school, but completely dominated. Is he NBA material? I am not sure. From what I can see, A.J. needs to bulk up and learn how to take on physical contact in the paint. You cannot teach height, so if he can evolve as a player he will get the chance to stick in the NBA.
I would imagine he would not make the 15 man roster, and even if he played well in the summer league, he most likely would end up in the D-League or over in Europe at this point in his young career. I truly believe in investing in young players for the future. Is he worth investing? I guess we will find out in Vegas.
The 7-foot Matthews worked out for a handful of teams, such as the Knicks, Nets and Bucks. He starred at Farmingdale State, averaging 22.4 points, 16.3 rebounds and 3.75 this past season. Of course, those numbers came against inferior competition.
“I just need to show them that I can play at a high level, that I can play with whoever they put out there on the court, show them I can play hard, hit jump shots, stretch the floor, play defense, score the basketball at a consistent level,” he said. “It’s a huge opportunity, to show them first off I can play with the other guys as far as Division I players. I want to show I can do a lot more things than I did at Farmingdale.”