It’s not often that a potential Top 10 team has the opportunity to upgrade their roster in the middle of June. However, Gonzaga has a unique chance with the upcoming visit of former Cal guard, Jordan Mathews.
For Mathews, the decision to leave Cal came down to timing and the desire to explore new avenues.
“It was just time for a change,” Mathews explained. “There were some factors that were out of my control, but I have nothing but fond memories of my time in Berkeley. I am getting my degree and I wanted to experience something different."
With this being a rare second chance to go through the recruiting process, there is one thing that Mathews will be prioritizing.
“It’s a much different process than when I was 18,” he said with a laugh. “All I want to do is just get better and I really just want to win. It comes down to winning and being able to play the way I know I can play. This year will be the first time I have been 100% in two years, so I am ready to show everything I can do.”
Not surprisingly, the winning culture that Gonzaga has built is incredibly appealing to the talented guard.
“The winning culture is so appealing,” the former Cal guard emphasized. “18 straight NCAA appearances speaks for itself. It speaks volumes and the way they reel off wins even when they know that every opponent is coming after them every time. At Gonzaga, you are the marquee game for everyone and it show what Coach Few has built.”
Gonzaga’s great success with transfers is also appealing to Mathews, as it shows that the coaching staff knows how to maximize his opportunity.
“They have had guys transfer in and they know how to utilize those guys and maximize their strengths to the best of their abilities. I think my game would translate really well. I can shoot, I can score and I think I can do a little bit of everything. They have guys like Josh Perkins, Nigel (Williams-Goss), who I played against in high school, Johnathan Williams, who I also played against, that can do everything on the court. Then they have guys like Silas and Karnowski coming back and Zach Collins coming in.”
On his visit to Spokane over Hoopfest Weekend, Mathews will be looking to get a feel for his potential future teammates.
“It’s just about hanging out with the guys and getting to know the coaches,” he explained. “I want to see the campus and get a feel for the guys that I’d spending a year with. The guys don’t know me, so it will be nice to hang out with them and let them know who I am."