“It’s a crazy, amazing atmosphere,” Matos said Monday. “I can’t wait to be there getting buckets.”
When Matos debuts, he’ll be the first player from the Dominican Republic and the 11th foreign-born player to play for Dayton. He left his home country to attend school in Florida for his last two years of high school. He has spent the last two years at junior colleges. His family remains in the Dominican Republic.
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“Growing up in the Dominican Republic was tough, but at least my family always had my back,” Matos said. “That’s what I miss most right now. I started playing basketball because of Kobe Bryant. Before I was doing track and field.”
Matos described himself as an energetic, tough and skilled player whose best attribute is his athleticism. As for why he picked Dayton, Matos said, “What I like most about Dayton is the commitment of the coaching staff and honestly everyone that is around the team. The moment I met the Dayton coaching staff, I felt that Dayton is the right place for me to be.”