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Wilson's Emmitt Matthews Jr. decommits from UConn

Wilson senior Emmitt Matthews Jr. skies for a breakaway dunk in front of Prairie defender Braiden Broadbent during Wednesday's opening-round game of the 3A boys basketball state tournament in the Tacoma Dome on Feb. 28, 2018.
Wilson senior Emmitt Matthews Jr. skies for a breakaway dunk in front of Prairie defender Braiden Broadbent during Wednesday's opening-round game of the 3A boys basketball state tournament in the Tacoma Dome on Feb. 28, 2018. toverman@theolympian.com

Emmitt Matthews Jr., a three-star recruit from Wilson High School, announced Wednesday morning via Twitter he has decided to decommit from UConn.

Matthews signed his National Letter of Intent during the early period in November, said the university has granted his release.

"It was a hard decision to make," Matthews said Wednesday afternoon.

The decision comes less than three weeks after the university parted ways with coach Kevin Ollie, who was with the Huskies for six seasons before he was fired March 10.

Dan Hurley, who previously coached at Rhode Island, was named as Ollie's successor last week.

Matthews said the coaching change was a factor in his decision, but will still consider UConn after reopening his recruitment.

"At the end of the day, I committed to UConn not only because of the coaches, but also the environment and lifestyle out there, and the culture," he said. "I loved the college."

Matthews had offers from several Division I programs, including West Virginia, Georgetown, Seton Hall, Washington and Oregon State before signing in November.

"I'm definitely open to everybody," he said.

Matthews, who was The News Tribune's All-Area player of the year, averaged 22.3 points, 9.4 rebounds, 2.4 assists and 2.3 blocks per game for the Rams this season.

Despite playing with a broken wrist, he led Wilson to the Class 3A state quarterfinals and was named the 3A state player of the year by the Washington Interscholastic Basketball Coaches Association.

Matthews was also an all-state selection by TNT and The Associated Press, and is slated to play in the Northwest Shootout — which features the top high school players from Washington and Oregon — in April.

Lauren Smith: 360-754-5473, @smithlm12

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