Tallmadge sophomore basketball player Matthew Francesconi is the WAKR Male Student Athlete of the Week for February 26th-March 4th.
Matthew is the leading scorer for a much-improved boys basketball team at Tallmadge.
"It has been nice being part of this turnaround, and the added playing time has certainly made me a more productive player," says Francesconi.
Matthew is all basketball, as he has had a basketball in hand since birth. His older brother Andrew, a 2015 graduate of Tallmadge, is now a hoopster at the University of Mount Union.
"He taught me so much about the game," Francesconi said. "He helps me every day."
Matthew averages over 18.0 ppg while running the team from the point guard position. The Blue Devils have had a nice comeback season under Coach Mike Bluey.
Francesoni also is a volunteer coach in the Tallmadge area, while also participating in a number of clubs during the school year, including Spanish Club.
"My game has improved in so many ways since the start of the season," said Francesconi. "With me thrown in as a point guard, my passing, shooting, and confidence are all really high right now."
Matthew carries a 4.0 GPA, and once college roles around for him, he will be looking to get a business degree.