DENVER, CO - MARCH 17: Head coach Mark Few of the Gonzaga Bulldogs looks on from the bench during the second round of the 2011 NCAA men's basketball tournament at Pepsi Center on March 17, 2011 in Denver, Colorado. (Photo by Doug Pensinger/Getty Images)
We've said over the past few weeks to expect the name Jordan Mathews to come up more and more over the next few months and that looks to be coming to fruition. According to his California Supreme's Twitter account, Mathews has just been offered by Gonzaga. The 6'3'' shooting guard from Santa Monica has seen his recruitment pick up incredible steam over the past few weeks as he has garnered interest from Saint Mary's, Marquette, and others.
In addition to his newest offer from the Bulldogs, Mathews holds offers from Colorado, San Diego State, VCU, Wyoming, and San Francisco.
The recent uptick in Mathews' recruitment appears to be due to his work during his junior season as he became a more complete offensive threat as pointed out in Scout.com's recent article about the promising prospect:
The rising senior has become an accurate shooter from three and has been confident attacking the basket and finishing. Mathews also has been impressive in the open court, playing unselfish basketball and finding open teammates. He's always been a very competitive kid and played hard.
A big key to Mathews' recruitment will be UCLA. If the Bruins decide to get involved, it could be trouble. Now, this is true for most California prospects but Jordan has an extra incentive in that his father is an assistant coach there. So far, the Bruins have not pursued Jordan but with the strides he has made so far, I have to expect that a number of schools will jump in the mix for him.
With that said, Gonzaga does appear to be a great fit for Jordan. He wants to be at a winning program that plays an up-tempo style of basketball. Out of his current offers, I have to think that Gonzaga is the best match for his requirements.