Northwestern is watching 3-star PF Matt Cimino very closely during July evaluations. Find out more…
Academic schools are after Cimino
One of the most skilled centers in the 2014 class is Matt Cimino. The Worcester (Mass.) Academy product has the range to step out beyond the three point line and the size to score down low. On top of that he is an excellent student, and high academic schools are taking notice of him. The Mass Rivals, with a lot of help from Cimino, had a good run of things during the spring, and Cimino is hoping to continue that in July. "As a team we did really well, and individually I think I did very well," said Cimino. "I played well in Las Vegas and then again at the Providence Jam Fest. I am looking to keep that up." While not the most athletic player in the class, at 6-foot-10 and 220 pounds, he has the size and skill to be a mismatch problem. With that Cimino continues to work on his game. "I think it is coming along well," Cimino explained. "I am just trying to be versatile with an inside-out game. I can shoot the ball and go the basket. Also I am working on my post moves and running the floor." Recruiting wise Cimino has two offers and a host of elite academic schools showing him significant attention. "Boston College, Kansas State, Harvard, Stanford, Notre Dame, and Providence," said Cimino of the schools contacting him. "Boston College and Kansas State have offered." Kansas State has been one of the schools showing Cimino the most attention. "They were my first high-major," said Cimino. "Coach (Bruce) Weber is a first year head coach there. I am looking forward to seeing how they come along. I am really excited where their program is headed." Also Cimino has a family connection to Stanford, and is excited to be recruited by the Cardinal. "Stanford is an unbelievable place," said Cimino. "My older sister went there and played basketball for four years there. To be recruited by them is just awesome. I am looking forward to it." It should be no surprise with some of the elite academic schools in the country after him, more than basketball is going to be important in Cimino's decision. "Academics are going to play a big role," explained Cimino. "Basketball is going to end for everyone one day, and the better education you have the further you can go. Academics are definitely going to play a big role."
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