I’ve talked a little bit about Matthew Moyer in the past, and how he reminds me of a more athletic Ryan Blackwell. But it’s more than just his basketball acumen that sets him apart from most other recruits, and the fact that he’s an incredibly well rounded kid who shows wisdom beyond his years is the real reason he’s about to become your next favorite Syracuse University basketball player.
Let’s get this out of the way right up front: when Matthew Moyer joins Jim Boeheim’s squad in 2016, he’s going to bring a 6-foot-8, 205 pound, athletic frame. He’s got the prototypical length and build that Boeheim loves to employ on the wing of his vaunted 2-3 zone, and he’s got the kind of bounce and tenacity to become a terrific rebounder and finisher at the next level. Make no mistake, Matthew Moyer is a hell of a basketball player. Right now he’s got above average skills for a power forward, but still needs to refine his game if he wants to transition to small forward.
And to be clear here, I think Moyer could wind up playing either position down the road. He’s still got plenty of time to hone his ball handling and shooting skills between now and the time he gets to Syracuse, so it’s easy to see him eventually becoming a small forward. However, unlike a lot of young combo forwards Boeheim has brought in previously, he also has the type of frame to support another 20 pounds of muscle, so becoming a 225 or 230 pound power forward wouldn’t be out of the question, should he and the coaches decide that’s the better path to take.
But don’t take my word for it, check out this quick highlight mix from earlier this spring:
But the biggest reasons to love Matthew Moyer as a prospect extend beyond the court. Even in the wake of NCAA sanctions, Moyer stayed committed to the Orange, Boeheim, and Mike Hopkins. Not only that, but he became an active recruiter for the staff, charming fellow recruits from both the 2016 and 2017 class while handling himself with a degree of class, poise, and intelligence that you rarely see from a high school kid, let alone a sports star.
And it’s really his intelligence that stands out, as well. I’ve rarely seen young basketball players with the level of confidence and authority Moyer exudes in every interview he does. He’s still just a teenager, with another year of high school left, but he already handles himself like a savvy, 10-year NBA veteran. Hell, you’d be hard pressed to find a 20 NBA players who interact with the media better than Moyer. Check out this interview he did with Scout.com, for instance.
That not enough reason to become a Matthew Moyer fan? Well, let me ask you this: how many high school basketball stars are also concert violinists?
Okay, you’re probably thinking to yourself that I’m overselling this kid. After all, he’s another year away from even setting foot on the Syracuse campus as an enrolled student-athlete. But frankly, it’s just incredibly easy to root for a kid like this, who just oozes likability. No matter how his playing career unfolds, it’s easy to see Matthew Moyer becoming a tremendous success in whatever he ultimately does in his life.