The Arizona Community College Athletic Conference (ACCAC) is currently in full swing, as each of the teams in the conference are currently winding down the 2012-2013 junior college season.
As the regular season is nearing the end to another great year in junior college basketball in the state, numerous junior college prospects in the state are having excellent seasons. One prospect that has risen to the top of the conference as one of the league's top-rated prospects is Central Arizona's 5-foot-9, 160-pound sophomore point guard Dre Mathieu.
Mathieu has risen to the top of the conference's elite prospects while leading Central Arizona Junior College to the top of the conference standings this season - sporting an impressive, league-leading 17-1 conference record and a 23-3 overall record on the season.
Mathieu is among the top individual scorers and assist men in the conference this season, and also one of the conference's best individual defenders - averaging 16.4 points, 6.7 rebounds, 6.5 assists and 2 steals per/game on the season. Mathieu has put up impressive individual numbers this season on a loaded and athletic team that has run through the league thus far this season.
An academic qualifier out of high school, Mathieu attended Moorehead State during his freshman year, but decided to transfer schools after being unhappy at the program. Since joining the Central Arizona basketball program under the leadership of head coach Jordan Dreiling and his staff, Mathieu has flourished and, as a result, has seen his college recruitment soar.
Currently, Mathieu has seen his college recruitment skyrocket as many high-major division-I programs have began to attract to the ultra-athletic guard prospect. Mathieu's list of schools seems to be growing by the day, as such schools as Washington State, Tulsa, Texas-San Antonio, Stephen F. Austin, Albany, Tennessee Tech, Northern Colorado and Northern Arizona are just a few of the schools in hot pursuit of the sophomore guard.
Central Arizona JC head coach Jordan Dreiling had this to say about his talented guard prospect: "He is the best rebounding guard in the conference." Dreiling went on to say, "I believe he is the best player in the conference."
Arizona Preps will continue to follow the recruitment of Mathieu closely this spring, and bring you any updates as they continue to develop.