CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. — When the clock struck midnight Saturday, college coaches around the country got out their cell phones.
The new day marked the first time coaches could call or text prospective recruits from the class of 2015.
Several of those coaches contacted Chicago guard Charles Matthews, who stayed up until 1 or 2 a.m. and then had to endure an early morning wake-up call to compete in the final day of the NBPA Top 100 camp.
“I’m sleepy,” Matthews said after his first game Saturday.
UK assistant Orlando Antigua was one of the first to get in touch with Matthews. Antigua told the 6-foot-5 combo guard that John Calipari would be calling later Saturday.
He might be calling with a scholarship offer.
“I think it’s a good chance, but I’m not sure,” Matthews said. “If they do offer me, I’m going to be very happy for it.”
Going into the weekend, Haitian big man Skal Labissiere was the only 2015 prospect with a UK scholarship offer. But Calipari has taken an interest in Matthews, the No. 9 overall player in the ESPN rankings.
The UK head coach visited the 6-foot-5 combo guard’s high school just before the end of the most recent live recruiting period in April.
And there’s obviously some interest in UK on Matthews’ end.
“I really always liked (Calipari) growing up,” he said. “I see what he does with guards as well. He really gets guards ready for the NBA and really matures them and puts a lot of responsibility on them but lets them play as well. And that really sticks out to me.
“I really have a lot of interest in Kentucky.”
Illinois Coach John Groce was the first one to get through to Matthews — at 12:01 a.m. He also has offers from Ohio State, Kansas and Arizona, among others.