Syracuse basketball signee Matthew Moyer recently eclipsed the 1,000 point mark in his high school career. He did so during South Kent Prep's 63-59 win over New Hampton. Moyer contributed 16 points to the victory, and did so with two special guests in attendance.
"Gerry McNamara and Mike Hopkins came to the game," Moyer said. "I'm really glad they got to be there for my 1,000th point in a really good win against a great team. We got there early so I got to talk to them a little bit before the game then a lot after the game.
"We got a chance to talk a little bit about the future, what they're looking for in 2017 and things like that. It was good to be able to talk to them and just catch up. It makes me even more excited about next year."
Moyer has been impressed with what he's seen from the Orange this season, specifically the way they have grown and developed over the course of the year. He is confident that a postseason run is in their future.
"They've picked it up since coach Boeheim has come back," Moyer said. "They've really picked things up. Obviously I'm expecting them to make the tournament this year if they keep winning. They've got a few on the road coming up here. Like if we could get a win at North Carolina, that would be huge.
"If we can just keep fighting through the rest of the season, we're going to be a tournament team this year. Hopefully we can make a deep run. As we proved early in the season winning the Battle 4 Atlantis, we can play with anybody and we can beat anybody."
Two of the players on this year's squad that are playing prominent roles are true freshmen Malachi Richardson and Tyler Lydon. Due to the success they've had, there is always the "one and done" possibility hanging over their heads. Moyer said he has not spoken to either about that situation, but is hopeful that both will be back.
He says if Malachi has a strong NCAA Tournament and helps lead Syracuse to the Final Four, there is a possibility. But as of now, he is excited about the potential of playing with both.
For Moyer himself, he is in the middle of his final high school season. He is using that to help develop his skills in order to be as ready as possible to contribute as a true freshman for the Orange.
"For me, it's just improving that jump shot," Moyer said. "Continuing to make that outside shot. Knock down the mid-range. I'm not really worried about getting inside and into the paint. I think my versatility is great. My ability to pass, my ability to handle.
"I'm excited about bringing another dimension to our team next year. Hopefully playing the two, the three and the four. Bring some more length and energy to the floor."
Moyer said South Kent Prep has had a solid season despite having more losses than they would like. Their record currently sits at 13-8, but he does not believe that is reflective of the talent on the roster. He says when they bring the intensity defensively and buy in on the offensive end, they can beat any prep squad in the country.
The goal still remains making the National Prep Showcase and winning that title.
The versatile forward says he speaks with Syracuse head coach Jim Boeheim one or twice per week. He speaks with coach McNamara every day, and calls his future coach a father figure. One of the things they discuss is recruiting and the future of the program.
Sometimes, they even point him towards priority prospects to help Syracuse's efforts.
"I try my hardest whenever coach Boeheim or coach G-Mac tells me about a prospect," Moyer said. "If I know them already, I try my hardest to reach out to them and tell them what Syracuse is about. I try to get them. Quade Green, point guard out of Philadelphia, I'm really, really trying to nip at him. I think he really likes Syracuse. Hopefully he can come.
"Another prospect is Hamidou Diallo out of Putnam Science Academy. He's an extreme talent. A long, lanky guard who would fit really well in the zone. I hope he can come. Michael Porter, he's one of my really good friends. I talk to him about Syracuse all the time. He's probably one of the best players in the country regardless of class. If I could get him to come to Syracuse, that would be huge for us.
"Then, in the 2016 class, Taurean Thompson from Brewster, after we played Brewster earlier this season, I talked to him a little bit. He's awesome. He would be great for us. He's 6-foot-11, really long, would be great in the zone. So I've been talking to all them."