Eleanor Roosevelt senior Emmanuel Matey spent part of spring break discussing his plans for next year with his family, and late in the week, the 6-foot point guard offered an oral commitment to play at Morgan State, accepting his first and only Division I scholarship offer.
With Morgan State Coach Todd Bozeman headed to Atlanta for the Final Four, Matey had to delay his official visit to the Mid Eastern Athletic Conference school last week. But he expects to take the short trip to Baltimore sometime in the next two weeks and make his pledge official when the regular signing period begins on April 17.
Though Matey, who helped the Raiders win the Maryland 4A title last month, had been in contact with Towson, Cornell and American, none of those schools had yet come through with a firm offer.
A transfer who played at McNamara and North County last year, he had several Division II opportunities, but Morgan State stood out from the pack with its recruiting efforts. Bozeman personally attended a handful of Eleanor Roosevelt games, including the Feb. 28 win at DuVal after which he extended the scholarship offer.
Bozeman “showed special interest in wanting me to come to Morgan, and that was the major difference,” Matey said.
A pass-first floor general, Matey boosted his recruiting profile rapidly in his his lone season at the Greenbelt public school, playing for All-Met Coach of the Year Brendan O’Connell.
He averaged just 4.5 points per game with a season-high of 10 points, but he fueled the Raiders’ run to the state title with his dynamic offensive style and lock-down defense.
Matey showed an ability to get to the hoop throughout the season, but he usually drove to set up his teammates. He averaged seven assists per game during the regular season, setting team records for assists in a season and a game (15) along the way.
“All the hard work pays off,” said Matey, who had six points, five assists and three steals in the state final victory over Magruder on March 16. “At this time last year, I had absolutely nothing. I just kept my head up and knew that if I stayed in the gym countless hours, something good would come.”
Matey said he was impressed with Morgan State when he made an unofficial visit on March 4 to watch the team host Delaware State. Heading to college, he hopes to develop his jump shot, which he used sparingly at Eleanor Roosevelt.
The Bears went 17-15 in the winter, closing with a loss in the MEAC tournament final to North Carolina A&T. Their top three scorers were all local products in junior guard Justin Black (DeMatha), senior forward DeWayne Jackson (Bowie) and junior guard Anthony Hubbard (Woodbridge).
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