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Former Syracuse Forward Matthew Moyer Transfers To Vanderbilt

After announcing that he was leaving the program in late March, forward Matthew Moyer is officially transferring to Vanderbilt, per his Twitter account.

Moyer averaged 3.2 points and 3.4 rebounds in his 35 games with the Orange. The redshirt freshman started the first 20 games, but an ankle injury against Boston College knocked him out of the rotation to the point where Moyer only saw double digit minutes once in the final seven games of the season.

At times, it seemed like Moyer assumed the Tyler Roberson role of this year’s team. He was a great hustle player, good on the boards, but also the lowest margin for error under Jim Boeheim’s watch. There were plenty of times when Moyer would get yanked from the game for the smallest of errors. 

Moyer will probably best be remembered for his outburst against UConn where he went off for 18 points and 8 rebounds to go along with some highlight reel putback dunks.

After redshirting due to a foot injury in his true freshman year, Moyer was looking to be a major force for a youthful and inexperienced team. While he did not see any game action prior to this year, he was around in practices and could learn the 2-3 zone. Defense was certainly one of Moyer’s strengths throughout the season as a big, physical body.

Moyer must sit out the 2018-19 season, his second missed season in three years, but could potentially apply for a sixth year.

The transfer joins a Vanderbilt program that is coming off of a dismal 12-20 season after making a shocking appearance in the 2016 NCAA Tournament. However, Bryce Drew has a program on the rise. The Commodores boast two five star, top 15 recruits in the Class of 2018 as well as another top 60 recruit. 247Sports lists Vandy as the ninth best recruiting class in the country. And that could potentially get better if top 10 recruit Romeo Langford chooses the Commodores over his hometown Indiana Hoosiers or Kansas.

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