When we first introduced you to Matt Atewe last week, his coach at Notre Dame Prep said he had eight standing scholarship offers from Division I basketball programs. Not bad, but Atewe says that number is a little low.
When I spoke with the 6-foot-9 Canadian power forward Friday afternoon he said he has 20 offers to choose from.
“I have no favorites, but the schools recruiting me hardest are Kansas State, Dayton, Memphis, St. Bonaventure, Marshall and a few others,” Atewe said. “Kansas State has come at me the hardest.”
For that reason, Atewe will make his first official visit to K-State on Sept. 14 and take in the North Texas football game a day later.
He isn’t sure what to expect from the trip, which will begin by boarding a plane in Massachusetts, where he attends prep school and plays for coach Ryan Hurd. But K-State assistant coach Chester Frazier, who once attended Notre Dame Prep and played for Hurd, has told him plenty of good things about Manhattan.
“He is really cool,” Atewe said of Frazier. “He is able to connect to you, because he is someone who has been through it all. He played in college, he played in the pros and now he’s a college coach. He’s a good coach to talk to.”