STEPHENVILLE – Tarleton officially landed a post player on Monday it has long since laid eyes, as head coach Misty Wilson announced the signing of Hannah Matthews to a National Letter of Intent.
Matthews spent her freshman season at Abilene Christian following a robust four-year prep playing career at Centerville High School. A 6-2 center, Matthews averaged a double-double (18 ppg, 10.5 rpg) as a senior. She received first team All-District recognition in 2019 as a junior after averaging 14 points and nine rebounds per game. Matthews also garnered first team All-District honors as a sophomore and led CHS to an 86-25 overall record from 2017-2020.
“We are excited to finally bring Hannah to Tarleton State, as we believe she will fit our system very well,” Wilson said. “Hannah is a very skilled and physical post player that has the ability to thrive in the paint. We recruited Hannah out of high school before we knew we were going Division I, knowing she had the potential to be an impact player for us.
“Hannah has a work ethic that coaches love to see,” Wilson continued. “She is extremely coachable, and we truly believe she will follow in the footsteps of some of the great post players that we have developed over the years at Tarleton State. Additionally, Hannah is a remarkable student athlete as she will be pursuing a degree in nursing while she competes for Tarleton State. I can’t wait to see what Hannah accomplishes in her four years at Tarleton State.”
Matthews appeared in 10 games for ACU during the 2020-21 season. She recorded a career-high four rebounds in a victory over former Lone Star Conference rival MSU Texas on Nov. 29.
Matthews excelled off the basketball court while at CHS as well. She was named to the Academic All-State team all four years and ranked No. 3 academically in her graduating class. Matthews was also an All-District volleyball player and rank track. Additionally, she served as the President of the Fellowship of Christian Athletes at CHS.
She becomes the sixth announced member of Tarleton’s 2021 recruiting class. The Texans previously publicized the signings of guards Mason Jones, Crystal Smith, Tyler Jackson Jurnee President and Nikki Petrakovitz. Tarleton is expected to announce additional signees in the coming days.