Matt Atewe Talks KSU Visit

Matthew Atewe is one of the most sought after big men in the country, and over the weekend he took an official visit to Kansas State. Atewe took time about to talk about the visit and what information he got from it.

“Visit went well, and I’m going to set up two more so far,” said the 6’9 Canadian power forward. “I just loved the whole family environment and the fact that I can always be around the coaching staff and not feel awkward.”

The coaching staff left a lasting impression on the Notre Dame Prep senior.

“Their very personable and can relate to what you’re going through,” he added. “I also loved that the team was like a family and all the fans are crazy about the team as well.’

“They also showed me how they play and I liked that as well, Just a great visit overall.”

Atewe has not made a choice on what two other schools he would be visiting. It’s kind of difficult when you have to choose from over 15 division 1 schools.

Atewe claims KSU to be the favorite at this point but he’s still wide open in his recruitment.


Photo courtesy of ND Prep


Matt Atewe Is Set For A Big Year

After having to play behind highly touted big man Steve Adams last year at Notre Dame Prep, Matt Atewe is ready to prove his worth.

Standing at 6’9 with a chiseled frame and broad shoulders, Atewe has a physical presence that lets opponents know, even before the whistle blows, they have their work cut out for them.

Atewe is well traveled and has built up a lot of experience this past spring/season. Atewe played with the Northern Kings on the AAU Circuit and the 18u junior Canadian national team in the FIBA Americas U18 Championship for Men.

“I played with the Northern Kings up in Toronto, Canada,” Attewe tells HDM. “It was good, just really long, and tiring but a good experience all around.”

Atewe and his Canadian national team finished the FIBA Americas U18 Championship for Men with a bronze medal.

“It was a great experience being able to meet back up with the best players in my country, and being able to represent your country through a sport was amazing. Not a lot of people get to do that.” Attewe added.

Atewe’s recruitment is starting to heat up as of late. High major programs are starting to take notice of the Canadian big man.

“I’m being recruited by Kansas St, Auburn, Dayton, St. Bonaventure, SMU, Duquesne, Charlotte, Marshall, WKU, Nevada, NM St, Memphis and others,” said Atewe. “All have offered with Purdue, Illinois, Butler and others interested.”

Atewe explained to HDM what type of player, college coaches would be getting if they recruit him.

“I think my post game and my attitude for the most part improved the most,” said Atewe. “Most of the time I try to be really positive on the court at all times, and I was mostly able to accomplish that.

Attewe goes on to add

“I think I’m a defensive player that can really anchor a team’s defense for the most part, with me blocking shots and rebounding.”

The class of 2013 power forward might be relatively unknown but he’s definitely not going unnoticed.


Photo Courtesy: ND Prep


Familiar Faces to Participate in 2012 FIBA Americas Championships

Jake Layman(King Phillip HS, Werenthem, MA) and Matt Atewe( Notre Dame Prep, Fitchburg, MA) both were 1 out of 20+ players competing for a spot to represent their country in the 2012 FIBA Americas U18 Championship for Men, in Brazil from June 16 – 20.

Jake Layman is a 6’8 F with incredible athleticsm made the final cut and will head to Brazil to represent USA and new england. Layman will attend the University of Maryland in the fall of 2012 on a basketball scholarship. Layman fits the up-tempo style of play that Coach Billy Donovan is trying to run. The 6’8 Layman has a 7 foot wingspan that allows him him to guard on the perimeter or in the post.

Matt Atewe is a 6’9 C that attends Notre Dame Prep in Fitchburg, MA is a Ontario, Canada native. Atewe will be running with the Canada national team and is expected to play big minutes in post. “Atewe will have the responsibility of controlling the paint and protecting the rim. Matthew has tremendous length, improving footwork, and just good enough timing to make a difference in the middle for Team Canada” said, Nolan Shulman of Scout.

Good luck to these 2 young men and as they begin a  jouney to win a medal for their country.