Based on the eye test alone, Vikings sophomore Jordan Mathews played well beyond his years this past season.

That level of play on the basketball court has paid off for the Santa Monica High School guard who was named to the Cal-Hi Sports All-State Underclassman Team, last week.

For Mathews, the news came as a bit of a surprise following his first season at Samohi after transferring from Riverside North before the school year.

“It was kind of shocking, I didn’t expect to make it,” Mathews said. “It’s good to be noticed, it was flattering.”

The scoring-guard helped Samohi overcome a slow start to the season to finish a surprising second place in the Ocean League and a berth in the postseason. The Vikings were bounced in the first round of the playoffs a year removed from making it to the CIF-Southern Section Division 1A finals.

Head Coach James Hecht credited Mathews and a young supporting cast for turning the season around and expects more of the same next year.

“We have a lot of good pieces returning from last year,” Hecht said. “We have players coming back who have varsity experience. The team’s chemistry is very good.

“We have our sights set on a successful season.”

The future looks bright for Mathews, who has already begun attracting attention from a number of teams from the Pac-10, among others.

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