Will EC Matthews Bounce Back?

Credit - AP

Credit – AP

By Brianna Pleasant,

Regarded as one of the most talented and underrated guards in NCAA Men’s Basketball, EC Matthews is not someone to mess with. The Detroit native is one of the best players that Rhode Island has ever produced. Unfortunatly, a torn ACL in the opening game of the 2015-2016 season kept Matthews out for the remainder of the season. Now many people are wondering if he can ever return to his former glory?

Matthews injured his knee during the first half of the season-opener against American. His team went on to win the game but they lost a huge asset in the process. The 6’5 guard was expected to be the front runner for his team but ended up having to lead from the sidelines.
During the 2014-2015 season, Matthews averaged 16.9 points and 4.6 rebounds a game. He played all 32 games that season and averaged a total playing time of 32.9 minutes per game.
During his sophomore season, he was one of the 16 finalist for the Jerry West Award. He was named to the Atlantic 10 All-Conference team and was a preseason A-10 second teamer. Also he was named to the USBWA(United States Basketball Writers Association) All-District I team, which put him among the top players in New England.
The future NBA prospect is anticipated to return for the 2016-2017 season. ACL injuries can be hard to bounce back from. Hopefully after several months of rest and rehabilitation, Matthews will be able to come back bigger and better than he was before!


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