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Atewe Likes New Setting As High Major Interest Grows

Published by on January 19, 2012

After making the move from La Jolla Prep in California to power house Notre Dame Prep in MA, Canadian big man Matthew Atewe likes the surrounding he is in now. In the midst of other top prospects and a participant in a top notch league, the New England area school seems like the right spot for the 6-foot-9, 2013 Forward/Center.
“It’s going well,” Atewe said during a recent work out with his Northern Kings AAU coach/trainer Vidal Massiah. “The basketball is at a high level…the intensity, the first practice that i was at was very high level.”

Like most bigs, Atewe’s development is a work in progress but Massiah sees the light down the tunnel when it comes to Atewe and feels the young post player has a greater chance than most of his past impatient teachers believed.

“I think a lot people gave up on him early, that’s the matter of them not understanding the development process,” Massiah says, “I saw him at 14 [years old] riding the bench was like wow this kid has to be playing, at that age he had to be playing to get a sense of the game and develop a feel.”

It’s been just a few years since Atewe joined Massiah and the Northern Kings program. In that short time, Messiah sees major difference in Atewe’s progress and applauds him for all the hard work he’s been putting in.

“Once I got him he was raw but he was willing to work, showed a great work ethic, got early in the mornings at 5am to get in the gym. He’s come along way, he turned a lot of heads, heard a lot coaches say they haven’t seen so much improvement in over a year…all the credit is his!”

“We’re at a point were defensively he’s one of the best players in the country, once he improves his motor a bit and his intensity…he has another year and a half to do that. I think he’ll sign late,” stated Massiah.

As mentioned, Atewe has grown as a player, which has led to him to generating a good amount of interest from high major college programs. According to Massiah Atewe has offers from New Mexico St, Clemson, Auburn, Xavier, Georgia Tech and Georgia University while  UCLA, UNLV, USC, Marquette, Purdue and San Diego St are showing interest.

Atewe is strong, athletic and brings a defensive spark on the floor but he does admit there is a large room for improvement in his offensive game. Its an area he wants to improve in with the intense basketball approach at Notre Dame.

“I [Need] to find my offensive game, my back to the basket game is not where it should be right now, something that will come with time and my shooting [is the other]. I’m always trying to improve on everything.”

 

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