|Margo Mattes 5'8" WF 2023 Cincinnati|
As the best player on a loaded and nationally ranked Cincy Pride team, Margo Mattes (5’8”/WF/2023/Cincinnati) is easily one of the top 7th graders in the country. According to Coach Anthony Stanley, his Cincy Pride squad finished 4th at the AAU Nationals at the Boo Williams complex in Virginia Beach, VA this past season, and Mattes was a huge part of that success. Also, as the team’s leading scorer and best defender, Mattes was clearly one of the best players in the entire event according to Stanley.
In terms of her game, Stanley could not be more impressed with Mattes. “She’s very smooth, is a very good ball handler and shooter, and she can defend multiple positions. Margo is very athletic and she impacts the game on both ends of the court,” Stanley said. “Margo was a Jr. Olympic swimmer before she started playing basketball; she’s the real deal,” according to Coach Stanley. “She’s [Mattes] is also very coachable and her work ethic alone makes her one of the leaders on our team,” continued Stanley.
This winter, Mattes is running with her All Saints Middle School team where she’s averaging 20+points per game and has her team undefeated. Coach Stanley is also confident about Mattes’ upside potential and projects she will play ball at the next level. “Margo is a high major D-I prospect. I’ve seen a lot of girls play, even in high school, and Margo is better than all of them,” Stanley proclaimed. Apparently, Mattes is a good student as well and is currently carrying an A average.
A little research reflects that Mattes is far from an unknown, as she has logged in standout performances at elite showcases and tournaments and has been featured on media outlets such as ProspectsNation.com and Blue Star Media. In addition, Mattes' name appeared on an AAU “Watch List” based on her performance at the 6th grade D-I Nationals last year. Also, this is how Mattes was described Lady Ballers Insiders:
“Margo Mattes 5’8” 2023 G/F Cincy Pride: A wing player with point guard handles, Margo is a valuable member of the three-peat State Champion Cincy Pride. She is a special all-around player, excelling on offense and defense. Mattes is a matchup nightmare for opponents. She drives around bigger, slower players and uses her solid frame to go through smaller defenders. Her ability to knock down shots from anywhere on the court makes her an even more dangerous weapon. All of these skills along with the ability to rebound out of her area and lock down opposing scorers contribute to the recipe for team success that the Cincy Pride continue to enjoy.”
Mattes is surrounded by talent on her Cincy Pride team including: Zy’aire Miller (5’5”/WF/2023/Cincinnati), Taylor Stanley (5’5”/PG/2023/Cincinnati) and Raeven Raye-Redmond, and Stanley projects each of these 3 players as D-I prospects as well. When we release our statewide rankings in a few weeks look for Mattes name near the top in her class. We also look forward to catching Mattes and teammates in action at our Buckeye Prep Elite Showcase scheduled for March 10th!