Gatewood reaches scoring milestone
Concordia High School senior Matthew Gatewood scored his 1,000th career point in CHS’s first round matchup with Lafayette County High School on Wednesday, Jan. 2.
Head coach Brent Cooper said he got back into varsity boys basketball coaching during Gatewood’s sophomore year, and Gatewood has started every game Cooper has coached since.
“Matt is a gym rat,” Cooper said. “He is always one of the first guys to the gym and one of the last to leave every day. He has put in a lot of extra time working on his game, including playing with area non-school teams during the off-season to improve his performance and conditioning.”
Gatewood is very athletic, skilled in multiple sports, and loves competition — even winning sprints during practice, which is not common for many athletes, Cooper added.
“Having a 6’4” guard on the floor with a solid vertical jump causes a match-up problem for a lot of teams defensively, which we try and expose,” Cooper said.
Gatewood has earned many honors over his career in basketball including All-Tournament, All-Conference, All-District Teams, to name a few, besides scoring his 1,000th point on Jan. 3 versus Higginsville in the I-70/MRVC Tournament at Santa Fe High School.
“Not only is Matt a skilled athlete, but he is a very successful student,” Cooper said. “He is in the top 25 percent of his class, has a weighted G.P.A. above 4.0, and has been recognized as a member of the academic all-state team.”
Cooper went on to note that Gatewood truly is a great person.
“I never have to worry about him being a bad influence around our underclassman, inside or outside of school, and he can literally make friends with anyone,” Cooper said.
Below are Gatewood’s scoring stats during his high school basketball career.
2016-2017: 350 points (24 games)
2017-2018: 445 points (28 games)
2018-2019 (so far): 241 points (12 games)