Preston Mattingly switches sports
Preston Mattingly, the son of Los Angeles Dodgers coach and New York Yankees great Don Mattingly, has decided to call it a career and go back to the sport he loves. After six years of minor league baseball, all under Single-A, Preston decided it’s time to go back to the sport he loves, basketball.
With his baseball career having stalled, Mattingly apparently will return to his first love. The 25-year-old Indiana native told the Evansville Courier & Press on Saturday he has accepted a scholarship from Lamar University and will play basketball for coach Pat Knight beginning next season.
“For any Indiana kid it would be a dream to go play for Pat Knight,” Mattingly told the newspaper. “Obviously I’m a lot older than everybody else, but I’m just one of the guys. Things worked out great.” (Yahoo Sports)
Preston was never a huge prospect and was never expected to come anywhere close to what his dad was. He suffered through injuries on and off over the six years and had minimal success so it made sense to move on.
Mattingly actually was quite a good basketball player in high school averaging more then 20 points per game. So if he can come anywhere close to what he used to be Lamar might actually have a pretty good scoring option on the bench.
Thanks to their 3-28 record last year they had a scholarship offer that they could give, not like Preston needed it.