With the Mountaineers looking to bounce back from a 15-21 season, coach Bob Huggins is making no secret he has some high expectations for Emmitt Matthews.
“I would think today that he’s our most improved guy,” Huggins said, according to WV Metro News. “He’s more aggressive. He’s gotten stronger. When you look at him, he may have grown a little bit. He really wants to be good. That’s the biggest thing. When you play and you see the fruits of your labor, so to speak, it kind of energizes you a little more. I think that’s where he is right now.”
— Tom Bragg (@TomBraggSports) August 1, 2019
Well, it turns out he made an improvement in the offseason that most rising sophomores can dream of: he grew about six inches.
“Yeah, I’ve grown just a little bit,” Matthews said. “I’ve gotten a little taller.”
Last year Matthews was listed at 6-foot-7 and 195 pounds as a freshman. This year he is nearly 6’9″ and solidly over 200 pounds. His feet even grew as he’s went from a size 13 to 14.
Remember, Matthews played a big role in the WVU upset over eventual national runner-up Texas Tech in the Big 12 Tournament. Going up against NBA lottery pick Jarrett Culver, Matthews had 28 points and 8 rebounds.
Phase 2 of “Shock the World” is complete.
Behind a career-high 28 points from Emmitt Matthews, No. 10 @WVUhoops pulls off the upset over No. 2 Texas Tech, 79-74. The Mountaineers are headed to the #Big12MBB semifinals. pic.twitter.com/spZYfgdbjL
— Anjelica Trinone (@AnjelicaTrinone) March 15, 2019
During his freshman season it was easy to see that Matthews is a very talented guy with great length and basketball skills. Adding two more inches makes him more dangerous in many different ways.