Cal basketball wing Jordan Mathews will graduate this summer and transfer complete his eligibility elsewhere

Jordan Mathews set to become a graduate transfer, after graduating from Cal this summer.

California shooting guard Jordan Mathews will be leaving the program, graduating this summer, and playing his final season of eligibility elsewhere.

He will pursue his Master’s degree at another institution next year, and USC could be a potential landing spot, though Mathews has not said that there is a frontrunner. The Trojans will have Mathews’ younger brother – Jonah – as a freshman next season. Sources tell Scout that Gonzaga is also a likely option, as Mathews's godfather Donny Daniels is on staff. Cal starts a home-and-home series with the Zags next season.

A source said that Mathews's transfer has been in the works for some time, but would not indicate the reasoning behind the transfer decision.

“Jordan has been a valuable member to our Cal basketball program for the past three years where he developed into one of our all-time 3-point shooters and leading scorers overall," head coach Cuonzo Martin said in a statement. "As with any of our student-athletes, graduating from Cal is of paramount importance and I am happy Jordan is on track to earn his degree in legal studies this summer. Along with our entire staff, I wish him well in his future endeavors.” Mathews's 201 career three-pointers rank third on the all-time list, behind Jerome Randle (2007-10), who hit 252, and Ryan Drew (1988-91), who hit 214. His 89 three-point field goals made this season were second on the all-time single-season rolls for the program, behind Randle's 92 in 2010. His 214 three-point field goals attempted were also second to Randle's 228 in 2010.

This past season, the junior shooting guard out of Santa Monica (Calif.) played in 34 games, starting 19, averaging 29.7 minutes per game and hitting 42.2 percent of his field goal attempts, 41.6 percent of his three-point field goals and 79.8 percent of his free throw attempts. Mathews was 20th in the Pac-12 in scoring last season and third for the Bears, scoring 13.5 points per game.

That means Cal has now lost its top three scorers from the 2015-16 NCAA Tournament team, including projected top-five NBA Draft pick Jaylen Brown, and senior point guard Tyrone Wallace.

“I want to thank the University of California, Berkeley, the Men’s Basketball staff, my teammates and the Golden Bear fan base for all of their support throughout the past three years,” Mathews said on Twitter. “This summer, I will earn my undergraduate degree and have decided to pursue my master’s degree at another university. This decision was not easy, but I am incredibly thankful for this experience. The relationships I have developed will last a lifetime. I will always be a Cal Bear and will forever cherish my time in Berkeley.”

Cal had been full on scholarship players for the 2016-17 year up until this point, but with Kentucky transfer Marcus Lee visiting today and likely to commit, Mathews’ transfer opens up one spot without the program having to play musical chairs with financial aid. Lee would come in to Cal having to sit a season, meaning that the transfer does hurt the Bears in the short term, but Lee would be eligible for the 2017-18 season, when Cal will be without the services of Ivan Rabb, who will likely enter the NBA Draft.

Cal itself has been active on the transfer market, hauling in Columbia point guard Grant Mullins, adding him to JuCo commit Dontae Coleman, and Charlie Moore, who originally signed with Memphis. Top Stories