E.C. Matthews will return to Rhode Island

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Rhode Island received some great news on Sunday as sophomore guard E.C. Matthews will return for his junior season, a source told NBCSports.com.

The 6-foot-5 sophomore has been a dynamic guard for the Rams the past two seasons and he’s a high-level scorer to go along with an ability to make plays for others.

Matthews averaged 16.9 points, 4.6 rebounds and 2 assists per game for Rhode Island last season while shooting 41 percent from the field and 32 percent from 3-point range.

Although Matthews has received some NBA buzz the past few seasons, if he wants to be selected higher in the draft, this is probably a smart decision for him. He still needs to prove that he has a reliable perimeter jumper, and if he wants to play point guard at the next level, showcasing that ability further also won’t hurt.

Rhode Island is coming off of a 23-10 season in which they made the second round of the Postseason NIT.