There’s been some speculation about whether or not Matthew Moyer would actually play this season, and now we have our answer: right now, the plan is for the freshman forward to redshirt. This isn’t overly surprising, given he’s coming off of an injury over the summer and would likely be the 10th man in the rotation.
Matt Moyer has decided to redshirt this season due to "preseason time missed with an injury," according to Coach Boeheim.
— Syracuse Basketball (@Cuse_MBB) November 8, 2016
Moyer, a 6-foot-8 power forward with the potential to develop some small forward skills (for sake of comparison, I’ve said in the past he reminds me a bit of a more athletic Ryan Blackwell), will truly benefit from a redshirt season. He’s not quite physically ready to compete at the ACC level, particularly given the time he missed with his foot injury. And as I mentioned, he’s almost certainly the 10th man in the rotation, meaning the year would be pretty well wasted in terms of his eligibility.
Now, Moyer can still (obviously) practice with the team, so they will still have 5 on 5 scrimmaging capabilities. He’ll be able to take the year and not just grow physically, but expand his game and become more of an inside/outside threat moving forward. Syracuse doesn’t often redshirt freshmen, with Trevor Cooney being one of the few examples. But this really is probably the best course of action right now for Moyer.
Plus, it gives him even more time to completely win over Syracuse and become the city’s mayor by the time he graduates. God knows he’s already well on his way.
We’ll still get to see Moyer play tonight as the team takes on LeMoyne in an exhibition game at the Carrier Dome, in the last tune-up for Friday’s season opener.