MANSFIELD, Texas — Since the Nike EYBL Circuit was canceled due to COVID-19, Oklahoma native Matthew Stone found himself eager for some run but without a team to play for. Originally committed to Nike Pro Skills, Stone has spent this summer playing for Buddy Buckets.
“I am really happy rolling with Buddy Buckets,” says Stone. “They are a great group of guys. A great team with a great coaching staff who has confidence in me.”
The three-star wing has seen his recruitment pick up a bit during the summer, receiving a high major offer from Ole Miss. Belmont, Bowling Green, Oklahoma State, Texas A&M, and Tulsa are the other schools that have offered.
“Schools like my shooting ability and competitiveness. They see me as a player that loves to win.”
FROM MATTHEW’S POINT OF VIEW
North Texas: “The school is very close to home. I like how it is three hours away from where I live. Coach Matt Brauer had confidence in me right away. They are a really good team, they move the ball, and play fast.”
Oklahoma State: “I love Coach Mike Boynton. I love his interaction with players. He looks at his team as his family and is a very good father figure.”
Ole Miss: “I was pretty happy when I got the offer. My parents have met Coach Win Case. He thinks I can be a great Division I player at Ole Miss. I love how he had that much confidence in my game right off the bat when he called me.”
Texas A&M: “Coach Lyle Wolf has been recruiting me. He loves me as a competitor. Coach Buzz Williams also loves the way I compete. I think that defines the culture at A&M. They love to fight to eventually be the team on top.”
Stone will wait till the end of the summer season before he narrows down his list. As of now, North Texas looks to be in good standing since it is the only school Stone has visited.
Expect for a decision not to be made until late December or January due to COVID-19’s potential effect on the Oklahoma high school basketball season.