Hoops recruiting update: Matt Atewe says ‘Kansas State has come at me the hardest’

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.”

Atewe took a recent unofficial visit to St. Bonaventure, and is planning to set up two official visits after he returns from Manhattan. He may also use five official visits, but he isn’t sure about that yet.

He has no timetable for making a commitment.

“It will just come down to the right moment,” Atewe said. “It will most likely be late, but it could happen at any time. It’s not for sure. As soon as I feel comfortable, I’ll do it.”

For now, he is trying to focus on improving his game. He considers himself a strong defender and rebounder, but wants to improve as a scorer.

“I really think I’m a defensive-minded guy,” Atewe said. “I value blocked shots and rebounds and I try to be an anchor defensively. But I’m working on my offensive game. I’m not a guy that likes to be sugar-coated. I like when coaches tell me I need to work on my jump hook or offensive game.”