August 15, 2011
For the second consecutive year, there were no California players selected to the McDonald’s High School All-American game. There is no denying that there has been a recent talent swoon in California but the class of 2012 is about to change that trend. Dynamic guards, talented swingmen and dominant big men highlight an incredibly deep class and Cali High Sports looks at the best of the best in our countdown of the top 30 players for 2012.
We continue our countdown with La Costa Canyon shooting guard Matt Shrigley, a dynamic wing player who is part of an exciting 2012 San Diego State recruiting class.
#11 Matt Shrigley
Position: Shooting Guard
School: La Costa Canyon
Schools Considering: San Diego State (firm verbal commit)
You can’t win in college basketball without great perimeter scorers. Top programs and coaches know that, which is probably why Matt Shrigley was so heavily recruited. The 6’5 guard out of La Costa Canyon is one of the best perimeter threats on the entire West Coast and was being courted heavily by Oregon, Colorado, Arizona State, Boston College and Washington State before he chose to play for the hometown San Diego State Aztecs. A great scoring wingman, Shigrley can light it up from the outside but it is the versatility in his game that makes him such a high level prospect.
Shirgley is a good defender who uses his length to disrupt an opponent’s offense. At 6’5 with a wingspan of somebody 6’7, Shirgley is adept at disrupting his man’s rhythm. He is good at pressuring the ball and his lateral quickness allows to prevent his man from blowing by him, while his quick hands and long arms allow him to poke away plenty of steals. Because of his reach he can play a few steps off his man because his wingspan allows him to alter shots on close outs.
For a perimeter player, Matt is a very strong rebounder who takes great angles to the ball. He crashes the boards showing no fear of contact and his athleticism allows him to get off the ground quickly while opponents are still on the floor. He tips and alters a lot of balls coming off the backboard, as again his height and size gives him an advantage over smaller guards he is paired up against. Matt uses his strong frame to prevent his man from getting in between him and the basket and you can see players he is going against wear down over the course of a game.
In transition, Matt is excellent at finishing around the rim. He has developed better touch around the basket in recent years and can increasingly finish with both hands. He is also a very strong pull up shooter in transition, not surprising considering how efficient he is with his stroke.
Matt can straight rip jumpshots. His release is lightening fast, which combined with his high release point, allows him to get his shot off if he has any space at all. His form is fluid and repeatable and he always squares his body up to the basket before he shoots. The footwork on his jumper is impeccable and the balance he gets allows him to finish through contact. Leave Matt open on the perimeter for even a split second and he will bury threes consistently. However, run out too quickly and he will drive the ball to the basket.
Matt is improving as a ball handler and is ability to drive to the lane has really improved. He can pull up off the dribble going to either hand and has a nice arrary of floaters and mid-range jumpers. Matt’s also an excellent passer who gets his teammates involved. He knows how to pass out of a double team and move the ball in rotation.
Matt Shrigley is an excellent player and has San Diego State fans salivating.
The next level?: Shrigley's game translates well to the next level. He has the versatility to play both the 2 and the 3 and his underrated athleticism will probably start to surface at the college level once he enters a collegiate level training program. Shrigley can score and shoot from the perimeter with the best of them, an invaluable trait in today's college game.
Matt could definitely see time as a scorer off the bench as a true freshman for SDSU. Steve Fischer loves getting up and down the court and a guy who can attack the basket but also pull up on the break will be invaluable down in San Diego. Shrigley is a passionate player and a hard worker who can change the flow of the game when he gets the hot hand.
Cali High Grade: 88
Fan's Take: "Shrigley is a talented wing with the capability of playing the 2 or the 3, he is a talented scorer he has a pure stroke that is automatic and from mid range and can get hot from behind the arc. At his size he has no issue getting off the shot, he will be very valuable in spreading the court and on the break where he is a solid finisher, or can be an effective trailer setting up from 3.
Shrigley has all the makings of a high impact player that second he joins San Diego State. As a freshman, however, San Diego State will have Jamaal Franklin/Dwayne Polee/JJ O brien capable at the 3 and it will be hard to see him getting more than a couple minutes there when they go small, most of his minutes will be backing up Chase Tapley at the 2. All in all Shrigley should be a 1st team All-Conference player as an upperclassman and a talented scorer for Fisher and San Diego State."- @sdsufan10