Smyrna’s Caleb Matthews quick shot release has had the attention of Delaware’s basketball coaches for four seasons, and Thursday he was named Gatorade’s 2017-18 Delaware Boys Basketball Player of the Year.
Matthews has led the 21-3 Henlopen Conference champions to the DIAA Semifinals, where they will play Sanford Thursday evening.
The senior is averaging 2.5 three-pointers per game, hitting at a 38% clip, he leads the Eagles with a 19.1 scoring average, and thanks to some multiple overtime games this season, he’s averaging 34 minutes per game.
Defenses have keyed on Matthews this season, allowing him to dish out a second-best 4.6 assists per game, while he’s also third on Smyrna with 4.6 rebounds per game.
Matthews has been looked at by at least two Division I programs, along with several at the Division II level, but has yet to announce his plans for next season.
Gatorade says they include character and academics in determining their award, lauding his 3.49 GPA, and work with the M.O.T. Future Stars and Fellowship of Christian Athletes camps as reasons for his selection.