Michael Matuella (Photo by Jon Gardiner/Duke Photography)


Meet Michael Matuella, Unlikely No. 1 Prospect

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DURHAM, N.C. — Michael Matuella’s story is full of little moments that turned out to be not so little, and have become unforgettable for Matuella and those who have watched him grow from a lightly recruited high school project into a leading candidate to be selected No. 1 overall in the 2015 draft. It is a story of amazing progress in frenetic bursts, interrupted by frustrating setbacks. And those interruptions take on a different hue in hindsight, because they truly did make him stronger—physically and mentally.

Let’s begin the story with this moment, on[…]