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ANAHEIM, Calif. -- Despite missing out on the Friday morning game due to summer school, Santa Monica (Calif.) star Jonah Mathews more than made up for his absence in the second game of the day -- a win for the California Supreme 16U team against a vey big and very strong SoCal All-Stars team in the first round of the tournament after pool play.
Mathews has been doggedly pursued by the new California coaching staff, which has made the 2016 prospect it's No. 1-with-a-bullet priority.
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"I've been talking to coach [Yanni Hufnagel] and coach [Cuonzo] Martin a lot, and coach [Tracy] Webster, every week, at least," Mathews said. "We talk about a lot of stuff. They're great coaches. I like talking with them on the phone."
Webster and fellow assistant Jon Harris were in attendance over the first two days of the Double Pump Summer Tip-Off in Anaheim, and both watched Mathews hit some near-impossible shots.
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Mathews has been doing his own homework on the staff which is now in charge of his older brother, Jordan.
"I watched them in the Tournament," Mathews said. "Jordan McRae, I know they got shots for their scorers. They play up-tempo, but they like to play D. They're going to have to play D this year, if they want to win. I know that coach Martin wants to play D."
Mathews showed off plenty of defensive skills on his own, but the main attraction was his scoring. That said, when he didn't show up for that first game on Friday, the Supreme didn't miss a beat, thanks to 2016 guard Lafayette Dorsey out of Gardena (Calif.) Serra, who also caught Webster's eye.
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"I heard about it," Mathews said. "Every time I'm out, he steps up. Every time we need a bucket, and I don't have a bucket, he steps up. He's the second scorer on the team. He's one of our best players. He always steps up when we need him to."
Dorsey, for one, didn't know Mathews wouldn't be at the morning game.
"We found a way to still try and get the W," Dorsey said. "I was just shooting it, letting it go. You've got to have confidence when coaches let you go."
By Dorsey's own admission, his three-point shooting last year "wasn't too hot," but he hit about five three-pointers in the 11:10 AM game for the Supreme.
"I wanted to work on it," Dorsey said. "It's just about working hard."
Dorsey said he talked with Hawaii, Cornell, Santa Clara and New Mexico, though he doesn't yet have a scholarship offer. He feels that Cornell and New Mexico could be the first to offer. Dorsey boasts a 3.6 GPA.
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