Syracuse basketball is in desperate need of guard depth, which is something you may have noticed. With only three scholarship guards on the roster heading into 2016-17, and three open scholarships and few available prospects, a potentially huge graduate transfer just came onto the market: Cal guard Jordan Mathews.
Will always be a Golden Bear at heart! pic.twitter.com/km5ioiPjSC
— Jordan Mathews (@JordanMathews22) May 31, 2016
Now, the question is: will Jim Boeheim and the Orange pursue the 6-foot-3, 200 pound guard? Well, it would certainly make sense. Obviously, it might be tough to get him to Syracuse from the west coast (he’s from San Francisco, and went to Cal…so, yeah, it’s safe to say he likes the Bay Area). But frankly, this is an avenue you’d think that the Orange will almost have to look at.
No word has leaked out yet about any schools Mathews is in touch with, but there will certainly be a number of suitors. This one came a bit out of nowhere, and there were plenty of folks who thought he’d return to the Golden Bears next season. Last year, he averaged 13.5 points and shot 41.6% from three point range (a year after hitting 44.3% from deep), meaning he is exactly what the doctor ordered for Syracuse.
The Orange have John Gillon and Frank Howard to run the point, but other than Tyus Battle, there’s no depth at the shooting guard position. A player like Mathews would shore up the backcourt and provide the perimeter shooting that Syracuse is going to be a major question mark heading into next year with the departures of Michael Gbinije, Trevor Cooney, and Malachi Richardson.
It’s obviously way too early, since Mathews pretty much just barely announced his intentions, but he would be a massive addition for the Orange should they choose to pursue him. And since Boeheim went all in on Grant Mullins, considering Mathews is a similar type of player, it seems likely the Orange will at least put out some feelers.