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Kentucky signee Matthews on national TV Friday

Charles Matthews' calling card is defense and analyst Daniels said his game is comparable to DeAndre Liggins'.
Charles Matthews' calling card is defense and analyst Daniels said his game is comparable to DeAndre Liggins'. Sun-Times Media

University of Kentucky basketball signee Charles Matthews will play against a city rival in front of a national television audience Friday night.

Matthews leads St. Rita (Ill.) against perennial Chicago power Simeon (Ill.) in a matchup that will be shown live at 6:30 p.m. on ESPN2. Simeon is considered the No. 12 high school team in the country by USA Today.

Matthews — a 6-foot-5 guard — was UK's first commitment for the class of 2015 and officially signed with the Wildcats last month. ESPN ranks him as the No. 44 overall prospect in the senior class.

Simeon's roster includes two top-100 prospects: Illinois signee D.J. Williams and Nebraska signee Ed Morrow.

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