Matthew Moyer, a former four-star forward transferring from Syracuse, has drawn plenty of interest. In the days following his decision, his mother has been fielding calls from a number of big teams.
Annette Moyer spoke to Syracuse.com about the process. Eight schools have made the cut for her son.
Already, she has narrowed a list to eight schools, some of which initially recruited her son. Those schools: Xavier, Vanderbilt, Stanford, Kansas State, Iowa, Creighton, Alabama and Iowa State. The Moyers are attempting to set up a visit to Vanderbilt. And they are awaiting word on who will replace Chris Mack at Xavier. (Mack recently took the Louisville job.)
Moyer is a Columbus, Ohio native, so seeing a big in-state program like Xavier pop up is no surprise. The Musketeers were one of the schools that Moyer considered before choosing Syracuse.
Head coach Chris Mack recently took the job at Louisville. His top assistant Travis Steele is the “clear front-runner” to take over the program.
If Steele is hired, it sounds like Xavier has a great shot to land Matthew Moyer.
The Moyers forged a “good relationship” with Xavier coaches and if Mack’s assistant, Travis Steele, succeeds Mack at Xavier, the Moyers will visit there, too. Matt Moyer can take up to five official visits before settling on a school.
“If Travis gets the job,” Annette Moyer said, “we’d immediately set up a visit. We were close to Travis and to Chris Mack.”
It’s been a tough few weeks for Syracuse’s forward depth. On Thursday, five-star McDonald’s All-American Darius Bazley shockingly announced that he will forego his one year at Syracuse, and will instead play in the G League.
With Moyer leaving as well, Syracuse has gone from the makings of a talented, deep front-court to a pretty lean group once again. It will be interesting to see what Jim Boeheim does with these newly-opened scholarships.