Matthew Daves – the Next Filipino Basketball Player in the NCAA?
The Toronto basketball scene will catch him in action Jan 3-6 at the NPA New Year Challenge.
The Filipino-Canadian will be an asset to the post-secondary program that gains his services. From a skill set stand point, he produces with great efficiency, utilising the mid and long-range jumper.
Daves has a grown man’s body that allows him to establish good position in the paint and finish strong around the basket. Daves is a lefty, but the Central Tech combo forward is able to finish with both hands.
On the defensive end, Daves has the ability to cover both forward positions due to his strength, athleticism and smarts.
Matthew Daves is the true definition of a student-athlete, boasting over an 85% academic average.
If a Canadian University nabs this recruit, Daves has rookie all-conference capabilities, and would be an immediate asset for low-mid major NCAA programs.
Mentally, he brings toughness and composure, as he typically plays with poise and production.
If Daves ends up playing NCAA hoops, he would follow in the footsteps of Butler’s Christian David (Butler via Milton, ON), who was the last Canadian-Filipino baller to gain a scholarship at that level.
Another example of the multiculturalism that exists withing the sport, particularly in Canada.