Mathews: "Maybe I Could Be A Missing Piece"

NC State is one of several schools pursuing California grad transfer Jordan Mathews.

Jordan Mathews is one of the top shooters in the country, and in his three years at California he developed a reputation for being able to knock down three-point shots.  A career 41.7% 3-point shooter, Mathews, who averaged 13.5 points per game last season, finished second in the PAC 12 in 3-point shooting (41.6%). As a sophomore, he led the league as he shot a blistering 44.1% from 3-point land.

"I hit three's in a lot of different ways," said Mathews.  "A lot of it was in transition, scramble plays, or off dribble penetration... drive-and-kick. In high school I came off screens a lot more than I did in college."

Mathews is currently in summer school looking to finish his coursework at Cal so he can graduate. By doing so, he's able to transfer to another program and play his senior season without sitting out a year.

The question many asked is why would Mathews, who played a significant role at Cal, was looking to leave the program?

"I thought it was time to move on from Cal," he said.  "I had a great three years there, but I'm on track to get my degree this summer.  I wanted to earn my degree from the school, and I feel it's time for me to go and explore new options."

Several schools have reached out to Mathews and his father, Phil, who is currently the head basketball coach at Riverside (CA) City College.

"While I'm focusing on my classes my dad is helping me out with the recruiting," said Mathews.  "He's talking to most of the schools for me, but I have spoken with a couple like NC State and Vanderbilt."

According to Mathews, his main contact with NC State has been with head coach Mark Gottfried.

"I've spoken with coach Gottfried from NC State," he stated.  "It went well. I like coach Gottfried a lot.  Four out of five years they've made the NCAA Tournament, and he's done a great job with those guys.  They play in a great conference and are on the rise.  The conversations have went well."

What has been NC State's pitch to Mathews?

"Coach Gottfried believes I can come in and contribute for them right away in the ACC," Mathews added.  "Maybe I could be a missing piece for a great team in the ACC.  I'm familiar with them and how they play.

"I know they have Dennis Smith ready to play point guard and Abdul-Malik Abu is returning too so they should be really good this season."

As of now, Mathews hasn't started to narrow down his list or focus on a certain amount of schools.  However, he has a list of factors in mind.

"I don't have a timetable right now," he said.  "I'm in school until August 12th so I've been focusing on that with my dad handling the recruiting aspect.

"I'm looking for a place that I can compete for a title.  I want to go somewhere we can make a lot of noise next season."

Mathews will pursue a Master's degree in Business.

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