Justin Matthews is slowly emerging from the shell of a player he could be. The 15 years old, tenth grader of the Ford Madden Christian Academy is starting to show great potential.
Last year, Justin Matthews was dissatisfy with the team he was placed. He played in the third division then with Monrovia Hoopers, one of the teams in the Vision Basketball Program.
There were several discussions between he and the coaches of the program on how best to have him fit in their program.
Vision Basketball comprises of several teams playing in the LBA.
Namely, Visioneers, Vision Angels, Vision Shooters are some of the teams listed under their umbrella. The program is managed by Coach Claudius Thompson.
During the offseason, Justin Matthews showed strong showing in scrimmages and workouts. His outing in the National County Sports Meet also drew the attention of Coach Claudius that perhaps, the kid was right. He was made to roll with the big boys.
Then, Visioneers were about to face a totally rebuild. Most of their key players were either out of the country on studies or where thinking of suiting for other local clubs.
Clifton Young had left to the USA for studies. Also out of the country for studies are Josepus Monger, Rwanda, Mohammed Turay, Malaysia, and Jay Verdier, Morocco.
The few players remained who wanted to jersey-up for other teams included, Shaquelle Bono, Invincible Eleven, Issac Anosike, LPRC Oilers and Samuel Kpa-Sarto, Highway Kings. The latter lost against his former club yesterday.
Left on the team were founding players of Visioneers Gabriel Richards and Michael Tsiko. William Gittens is still listed as day to day from an ankle injury he sustained during the county meet.
Justin Matthews, David Togbe, Mohammed Turay and Augustus Sieh were all brought in from other teams in the Vision Basketball Program to help make up the team.
All the new comers are filling in well as they are been lead by the Visioneers vets as well as the sophs in Anthony Quadri and Seyedou Kromah.
Yesterday’s outing saw four Visioneers players in double figures. Gabriel (15PTS), David (13PTS), Anthony (12PTS, 14REB) and Justin (16PTS, 6REB).
Mohammed Turay also controlled the boards with 11REB.
Visioneers next game is against Royal Legends who had a disastrous meltdown in play in their lost to Georgia Warriors on the same day.
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