Moyer fits in well at Syracuse

Power forward Matthew Moyer has been a hot commodity and he looks like he will fit in well at his future ACC home.

All it took was one unofficial visit for Matthew Moyer to figure out that Syracuse was the right place for him. The Gahanna (Ohio) Lincoln product picked the Orange on Friday, and he fits in very well with what the Orange like to do.

Syracuse absolutely loves to have long and athletic power forwards with versatility that fit into their 2-3 zone system. After seeing Moyer during the Reebok Breakout Camp and then through July, the Orange felt Moyer was right for them and offered a scholarship.

Seemingly Moyer saw the same thing. At 6-foot-7 near 6-foot-8 and around 200 pounds, Moyer has continually been growing both as a player and physically for the last year, and now he will fill in as one of those long wings at the back end of the Syracuse zone.

Defensively is clearly where Moyer saw it as a perfect fit. He is a very good rebounder for his size and has the length and athleticism to alter and block shots as well. Where Moyer isn’t great is with physical strength, so he struggles to defend on the low block, but as a general rule he won’t be asked to do that in his time at Syracuse since he will be playing away from the basket in their zone.

Playing at Syracuse will also allow Moyer to develop at his pace. Right now he is turning from being a prospect to being a producer, and at Syracuse there are other bodies there that will occupy minutes early on that will allow Moyer to grow early on in his career and then will be confident and ready as an upperclassman to produce.

Offensively Moyer continues to improve on his wing skills. Right now he is more of a power forward for sure who scores within about 10 feet of the rim, but the range is expanding on his jump shot and also his ball handling continues to improve.

There is a lot of reason to believe that by the time he gets to Syracuse he will at least be capable of playing on the wing, and possibly developing into a big time wing with versatility who could be similar in terms of style of play to Jerami Grant or C.J. Fair, both of whom have really excelled in Syracuse’s offensive system over the past several years.

Overall this is a good fit for Moyer who is also an elite student. He is the first commitment for Syracuse, and immediately looks the part of the type of player Jim Boeheim and his staff love and have had a lot of over the past few seasons.

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