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Photo by Daniel Kucin. Eleanor Roosevelt's Emmanuel Matey will play for Morgan State University next season.
Published on: Thursday, April 11, 2013
By Brandy L. Simms
The Morgan State University men’s basketball program has landed one of the most unheralded players in Prince George’s County.
Eleanor Roosevelt senior Emmanuel Matey, who last month guided the Raiders to the 4A state championship, has given a verbal commitment to the Baltimore-based Mid Eastern Athletic Conference school.
“I liked the school and I felt as though it was a good fit,” said Matey, who averaged a team-high seven assists per game this past season.
Matey, who drew interest from Cornell, American and Towson, said he made unofficial visits to Towson and Morgan State but the Bears were the only school that extended an offer.
In Eleanor Roosevelt’s 61-56 state title game victory over Magruder, Matey registered six points, five assists and four steals to help the Raiders win their first state championship since 2002 and deliver the county’s first state title in five years.
“All the hard work over the summer paid off,” said Matey, who transferred to the Greenbelt public school from North County High School in Anne Arundel County. “That state championship was by far the greatest feeling I’ve ever had after winning a basketball game.”
Matey spent his first two seasons of high school playing in the Washington Catholic Athletic Conference for Marty Keithline’s Bishop McNamara program in Forestville.
“It was really good,” said Matey. “Keithline taught me a lot. I really liked it. Every night you’re playing one of the top teams in the area.”
This season, Matey, a 6-foot point guard, emerged as a leader on the court for the Raiders. He set the program record for assists in a season and for a game at the Greenbelt public school.
Matey registered 15 assists in Eleanor Roosevelt’s 88-64 victory over DuVal on Jan. 28 and then duplicated the feat in the Raiders’ 87-60 playoff win over Parkdale on Feb. 28.
Matey joins a Morgan State program guided by county native Todd Bozeman who this year led the Bears to an appearance in the MEAC tournament championship game where they fell to North Carolina A&T.
Morgan State finished the 2012-2013 campaign with a 17-15 overall record including a 10-6 mark in the MEAC.
“Last year at this time I had absolutely nothing — no offers,” said Matey. “I’m really excited to play in the MEAC and going to Morgan next year.”