Christian Matthews signs with Georgia Tech men’s basektball

Georgia TechRelease from Georgia Tech Athletics:

Three-star wing Christian Matthews from National Christian Academy in Fort Washington, Md., has signed a national letter of intent to attend Georgia Tech, head coach Brian Gregory announced Thursday. He is the third highly-regarded prep prospect to cast his lot with the Yellow Jackets.

Matthews, a 6-6, 190-pound high scorer, attends the National Christian Academy and is a three-star prospect according to ESPN, Rivals and Scout. CBS-affiliate 247sports.comlists Matthews among the nation’s top 150 players while Scout.com ranks him 30th among the country’s small forwards and the best in Maryland. The Washington Postdescribed Matthews as “blessed with soft touch and plenty of range.”

“We are excited about Christian because he brings the versatile scoring skills that are highlighted in our system,” said Gregory. “He has the size, athletic ability and skill package to play multiple positions. He has proven his scoring ability from the three-point line as well as off the dribble. He also excels in the open court, and is an excellent range rebounder.  He has gained national experience playing for National Christian Academy in high school and Team Takeover on the AAU circuit. With his family’s emphasis on academics, Christian is a perfect fit as a student-athlete here at Georgia Tech.”

As a junior, Matthews helped National Christian Academy to a 20-6 record and the Beltway Final while teaming up with current Yellow Jacket Sylvester Ogbonda for coach Trevor Brown. The small forward led his team in scoring with 22.4 points per game garnering All-Metro honors. Matthews suited up for Team Takeover on the AAU circuit this past summer. Matthews informed recruiting services that he selected Georgia Tech over Clemson, NC State and Cincinnati.

Tech previously signed 6-9 power forward Romello White of Suwanee, Ga., a four-star prospect ranked 70th in the nation who attends Wheeler High School, and 6-4 guard Josh Okogie of Snellville, Ga., a three-star prospect ranked 143rd in the nation who attends Shiloh High School.

Georgia State Men’s Basketball Adds D’Marcus Simonds and Chris Clerkley

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Georgia State head coach Ron Hunter announced the signing of two highly-touted high school stars on Wednesday as consensus 4-star D’Marcus Simonds of Gainesville, Ga., and Chris Clerkley of Perry, Ga., were signed to National Letters of Intent.

The duo are among the highest recruited freshmen in program history, coming off Georgia State’s run in the NCAA tournament year.

Simonds, a shooting guard who is widely regarded among the top three players in the state, is ranked No. 72 in the latest ESPN 100. He is listed as a composite 4-star by 247Sports as well. Clerkley, a 6-9, 210 lbs., power forward, is considered one of the top 30 players in Georgia and among the best big men. He is listed as a composite 3-star by 247Sports and the No. 14 player in the state.

“These are two extremely talented young men who will both have the opportunity to make a major impact at Georgia State,” head coach Ron Hunter said. “Over the last few years, we have made great strides in signing some of the best players in the state of Georgia and there is no doubt in my mind that D’Marcus and Chris are among the best. Our coaching staff and I look forward to working with them starting next summer.”

Last season, Simonds led Gainesville High School to a 25-5 mark and 12-1 record in Region 8-AAAAA. The Red Elephants advanced to the second-round of the state playoffs as Simonds scored 33 points in a first round win and 41 in a tight second-round loss. He earned honorable mention AJC all-state honors for his efforts and was named team MVP. He also earned all-region honors and earned all-tournament recognition at the Lanierland Tournament and Battle of the Boarder.

Simonds was named regional player of the year and earned all-state honors as a sophomore after averaging 23 points, 12 rebounds and six assists per game at Buford High School. Both Scout.com and Rivals.com list Simonds as a 4-star recruit and among the top 80 players in the nation and top 15 at his position.

Clerkley averaged 6.6 points and 4.4 rebounds per game as a junior at Perry High School, leading the team to a 19-8 record and the 4-AAAA state playoffs. He also lead the squad to a region championship. He has earned the school’s Mr. Defense Award in 2013 and 2014 and the squad’s 2015 Panther Award.