Chicago Tough: Meet Charles Matthews


LEXINGTON, Ky. (WTVQ) – Chicago tough.

John Calipari has had plenty of success with Windy City kids.

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At UK alone, Cal’s had Anthony Davis and Tyler Ulis.

Now he has Charles Matthews.

A scrappy guard ready to make a statement.  Whether it’s against his brother on a NERF rim hanging above the door, or on the biggest stage in college basketball.

Matthews may not know what it’s like to reach a Final Four…yet.

But if he gets there, you better believe he’s going to enjoy every second of it and the make the most of the experience.

“Best believe it’s gonna be way better than Disneyland to me,” said Matthews.

Kennedy Hardman has more in the video as she profiles one of the new Cats.

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Alex Risen joined the ABC 36 News team in October of 2011 as ABC 36’s Weekend Sports Anchor/ Sports Reporter. Alex can also be seen Friday nights co-anchoring the Highschool Highlight Reel. Alex started out in the broadcast business while still in college at the University of Kentucky, heading up the school’s daily student news network as the Sports Director. He made his commercial televsion debut in May of 2011 while at WYMT in Hazard, Kentucky as co-host of a weekly, half-hour high school sports program previewing area schools’ games on Friday nights and as a morning sports anchor. Alex has also spent time as an intern at ESPN in the Statistics and Analysis department, as a production assistant for NBC Sports horse racing and Sunday Night Football productions, and as an intern for WLKY in his hometown of Louisville, KY. Alex graduated from Saint Xavier High School in 2007 and earned his Bachelor of Science degree in Journalism and Political Science from the University of Kentucky in 2010 where he graduated magna cum laude from the Honors Program. He’s excited to be covering his passion in his home state and make Central Kentucky his home for years to come. Alex can be reached at