High School: Four-year letterwinner at point guard and shooting guard for coach James Knowles at Monsignor Kelly HS in Beaumont, Texas ... Career averages of 16 points, 7.5 assists, 5.0 steals, 2.3 rebounds and 1.8 blocks per game ... Posted senior totals of 16.4 ppg, 8.2 apg and 5.2 spg ... Shot 54 pct from the floor, 38 pct from outside and 81 pct from the charity stripe for his career ... Top game his senior year came against Diboll when he had 26 pts, six steals and six assists ... School-record holder with 517 steals ... Led Kelly to TAPPS 6A state titles in 2004, 2005 and 2006 ... Second team all-state and first-team all-district as a junior in 2005-06 ... Also earned all-district honors as a sophomore and senior ... Academic accolades include: Elizabeth Anne Seaton Award, A & B Honor Roll, Spirit Award, American Citizenship Award and the Blue Gold Award.
Personal: Full name is Matthew Eric Pace ... Born on Dec. 16, 1988 in Beaumont, Texas ... Son of David and Ina Pace ... Has two younger brothers, Taylor and Andrew ... His cousin, Tyler Cobb, played tennis at Lamar ... Marketing major.