The UNM women’s basketball team completed an impressive recruiting two-step on Sunday.
Bre’Asiaja Mathews, a 6-foot wing from Garland became the second talented Texan in as many weekends to verbally commit to the Lobos. She joins 5-11 guard Quincy Noble, who announced her commitment to New Mexico seven days prior.
It’s fair to say the two high school seniors have much in common. Both live and play Class 6A prep basketball in Dallas’ northern suburbs.
Mathews, who plays for Lakeview Centennial High School, said she’s gone up against Noble on a few occasions. Noble plays at McKinney High School, but the players’ head-to-head meetings have come in club competition.
“Quincy’s good,” Mathews said. “We’ve already talked about being teammates next year. We’re pretty excited about it.”
Mathews and Noble are prolific scorers of similar height who live relatively close together, but their games are distinctly different.
Mathews is a left-hander who is adept at attacking the basket, has a soft mid-range shot and a knack for rebounding. She averaged 18.4 points, 9.6 rebounds and 2.9 steals per game as a junior at Lakeview Centennial last season, shooting 54 percent from the field. Mathews alternates between guard and forward but projects more as a big guard in college.
Blue Star Basketball evaluator Mark Lewis found plenty to like about Mathews’ game in a recent evaluation. He described her as a “strong, athletic forward” who “finishes inside and her vertical is there. Has tools…”
College coaches agreed as Mathews was heavily recruited. Her “final four” options were Colorado State, Texas Tech, North Texas and UNM.
“I just really liked New Mexico,” said Mathews, who visited Albuquerque for the first time over the weekend and announced her decision Sunday.
“The coaching staff was very nice, I liked the girls,” she added, “and the style of play there really fits my abilities. I like to get up and down.”
Noble said she had a similar experience on her recruiting visit Aug. 18-20. A right-handed guard who excels from 3-point range, Noble chose UNM over Wichita State, Old Dominion and Pacific.
“Honestly, I just fell in love with Albuquerque,” Noble said. “UNM has recruited me since my sophomore year, but once I saw the city, I knew I wanted to play there.”
Noble, an AAU teammate of Cibola standout and Florida State commit Amaya Brown, averaged 17.0 points, 6.1 rebounds and 2.0 steals as a junior at McKinney High last season.
UNM coach Mike Bradbury confirmed his program is recruiting Mathews and Noble, but NCAA rules prohibit coaches from otherwise commenting on unsigned players.
Mathews and Noble join former Gallup star Ni’Asia McIntosh as UNM’s first three verbal commits for 2018-19. McIntosh will be a sophomore at New Mexico Junior College this season and plans to join the Lobos as a junior.