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GW Connection Pays Off for Local Forward

Have to say, when colleague Alan Goldenbach told me he had some news and an interesting story involving Florida Atlantic, I immediately conjured up images of crusty Howard Schnellenberger on the recruiting trail. Just not ready for basketball season, I guess, even though the early signign period is only a few days away.

Here is Alan's report:

High school players always want their coaches to talk them up to recruiters. How much the colleges listen, though, is debatable. In the case of Coolidge senior forward Andre Mattison, the words of his coach, Vaughn Jones, probably had a lot to do with him visiting and ultimately committing this week to Florida Atlantic.

Jones was a former two-time All-Met at DeMatha before going on to star at George Washington. There, he played for Mike Jarvis. Last May, Jarvis was hired to take over the Florida Atlantic program.

Jarvis "was my former coach, and I talked [Mattison] up," Jones said. "Andre had a few other offers, but he really trusted Coach Jarvis, and Coach really liked him."

According to Jones, the 6-foot-8 Mattison also had offers from Harvard, Cornell, Lafayette and American. Jones said Mattison plans to sign during the early-signing period.

By Josh Barr  | November 7, 2008; 9:53 AM ET
Categories:  Basketball  
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