We’ve seen a lot of players come through our doors over the years, varying in appearance, skill level, and everything in between. We decided to put forth a “Getting to Know” series on some players who have attended events but still remain on the lesser-known side of things. Each of these prospects embody being a student-athlete and getting it done in the classroom as well as on the basketball court, and today’s edition will take a closer look at Matthew Knafelz of Metrolina Christian Academy.
We have seen Knafelz quite a few times, whether it was at our camps or summer ball with Team HOPE. We had this to say at both our Phenom 150 camp and All-American camp.
“He’s a long, wiry forward/post prospect with a very high motor and the ability to make an impact with or without the ball in his hands. Kanfelz is a useful perimeter shooter and penetrator with strong finishing capabilities with either hand. He wreaked havoc with his defensive presence, forcing turnovers, securing rebounds, and containing his assignment with relative ease. Knafelz moves well for his size and doesn’t force the action on either side of the ball… Coach Black on Knafelz: “Matthew has a good feel for the game and plays hard on both ends of the floor. He also has nice moves with his back to the basket and applies them within the flow of the team.” Knafelz did a lot of things well during camp and should be a useful contributor for Providence during the upcoming season.” – Phenom 150 Camp
“He’s a wiry, high-motor forward/post prospect with great instincts as a rebounder on both ends of the floor. Knafelz positions himself for success on the glass and as an all-around defender. He also finishes well around the basket… Coach English on Knafelz: “Matthew is a great kid. He runs the floor well and can finish well around the rim. He plays well with his back to the basket as well as facing. He can shoot the midrange jumper. Matthew is a good shot blocker and great teammate. He rebounds the ball well and was a pleasure to coach. Matthew also processes information quickly.” Knafelz made a nice impact during camp and has the tools to emerge as a useful contributor within the next few seasons.” – All-American Camp
Knafelz has only continued to showcase his talent and ability to be a contributor on the floor at his high school and for Team HOPE this summer. The 6’6 prospect has been a nice piece for his team, showing the willingness to make a ton of hustle plays and provide a scoring power when the opportunity is there, whether it is down low, second-chance points, or stepping out to knock down shots. With his activity level, there is a reason why schools have been reaching out about Knafelz’s game, including recently earning an offer from Averett University.
Be sure to check out Knafelz more this summer and upcoming high school season, as he looks to make an even bigger splash on the court.