Spring has been anything but relaxing for 2016 Gahanna (Ohio) Lincoln forward Matthew Moyer.
Hitting the AAU circuit hard, even squeezing in a 10-day trip to Italy to compete on an All-Star team with four of his VCC Warriors’ teammates, Moyer is putting his time in on and off the floor.
Not only will Moyer look to replace the missing production left behind by 2014 Michigan State signee Javon Bess come next fall, the soon to be junior is eyeing a different type of responsibility as well.
“I’m looking to take over his role as a leader on the team,” Moyer said. “I’m working on my leadership skills in AAU.
“It’s just all about getting better and being ready to take over that leadership role cause as you know, Javon, he’s a great player.”
While interest certainly still remains between Moyer and Ohio State, the 6-foot-8, 190-pound power forward believes he still has plenty to prove to the Buckeyes and Coach Thad Matta.
“It really hasn’t changed much,” Moyer said of Ohio State’s pursuit. “But I just have to keep playing, keep proving to them that I’m a premiere player in Ohio and that all comes with the work.
“Everyday I’m working out with Trey Burke’s trainer and he trains Javon Bess with me so, it’s all about getting better and continuing to improve my outside jump shot and I think I’ll be good.”
One school in frequent contact with Moyer’s coach is Michigan, led by the recruiting efforts of assistant Bacari Alexander.
Already visiting Ann Arbor on multiple occasions throughout the early stages of his recruiting process, Moyer plans to be back to check out the Wolverines early next month.
“June 7, I’m going to go down there to their Elite Camp,” Moyer said. “Hopefully I can perform well there and then June 15, I’m confident that as long as I keep playing (that an offer will come).
“I mean, I talked to Bacari the other day, he watched me in Pittsburgh, and he said he liked my game but my leadership qualities can be a little bit better, be more vocal. As long as I work on that I think I’ll be straight.”
AAU teammates with another highly touted 2016 prospect in Seth Towns, Moyer reiterated he and his best friend would still like to head to the next level together, noting that doesn’t mean it’ll happen with 100-percent certainty.
“It’s a plan but we’re not considered a packaged deal,” Moyer said. “But that’s our plan.
“We’ve been best friends since we were five years old and that’s my main man, that’s my right hand man and I love him to death.”