The Syracuse basketball season may be over, but the off-season news cycle is just beginning. In an unsurprising development today, forward Matthew Moyer announced his decision to transfer on twitter:
The past 2 years at Syracuse University has been an amazing journey.Thank you to the coaching staff for the opportunity and my teammates! Also the fans have been incredible. My family and I feel it is in my best interest to move on and explore other opportunities. #GodsPlan pic.twitter.com/E7YFvNR2VP
— Matthew Moyer (@matthewmoyer13) March 26, 2018
Moyer appeared in 35 games for SU this season, and started 20 of them. However, even when he was in the starting lineup, forward Maurek Dolezaj often received more playing time. That was certainly the case in the ACC and NCAA Tournaments, when Moyer only appeared sparingly to relieve a starter in foul trouble.
The 6-foot-8 forward struggled to find his rhythm with Syracuse this season, and it didn’t take an expert to realize that. Jim Boeheim seems to select one player to have on a very tight leash on the court, and Moyer was that guy this season.
With top-10 2018 recruit Darius Bazley waiting in the wings and the emergence of Dolezaj towards the end of the season, the move makes sense for Moyer. His playing time wasn’t going to go up. The forward position looks to be crowded for SU next season, which is likely why Moyer decided to take his talents elsewhere.
If you can say one thing about Moyer, it’s that he didn’t let his unhappiness with playing time or anything else this season get in the way of the team. He was as happy as anyone when Syracuse’s name was revealed during the selection show. That’s something we can all learn from. Thanks for your contribution the program, Matt!
Stay tuned to OrangeFizz.net and @OrangeFizz on twitter for more on this story as it develops.