Sports have always been a big part of Matt Rafferty’s life, and it all started at home with his family.
The Hinsdale Central junior’s parents, Brian and Kristen, wanted their kids to experience a variety of sports so Matt and his older brothers, Jason and Luke, all played football, basketball and baseball until high school.
That’s when each began to show aptitudes for a specific sport and went their separate ways. Jason focused more on football while Luke’s best sport was baseball. For Matt, who at 6-foot-7 is the tallest in his family, the decision was obvious: basketball.
“I think I got kind of lucky [with height],” said Matt Rafferty, who was the starting quarterback on the Red Devils’ sophomore team last year, but didn’t play football this fall. “My grandparents on my mom’s side are pretty tall so I got the right genes.