Wisconsin Targets Moyer

After watching Gahanna (OH) Lincoln sophomore forward Matthew Moyer the past few weeks, Wisconsin and assistant coach Lamont Paris extended a scholarship offer Wednesday night.

After a miserable time at Columbus (OH) Whetstone, sophomore Matthew Moyer made the decision to transfer across town to Gahanna (OH) Lincoln prior to this season in hopes of putting himself in a better situation on an off the court.

Maybe that's why Moyer remembers the timeline so vividly of how Wisconsin offered him his first BCS scholarship Wednesday night and while he was still so excited hours later.

"It happened so quick that I am still trying to take it all in," Moyer told Badger Nation. "My high school coach talked to coach Paris and he said they probably were going to offer me. I didn't really believe him, but coach told me to call coach Paris and have my parents talk to him. I talked to coach Bo Ryan and they said they are finally ready to offer me.

"You don't understand how big this is for me. I've been waiting patiently for that big offer for come and Wisconsin has really shown interest."

The Wisconsin interest in 6-7, 190-pound power forward has been slowly building since assistant coach Lamont Paris noticed him over the summer.

"I really respect coach Paris for having early faith in me and believing in my talent; believing that I can fulfill their roles at Wisconsin," said Moyer. "I am really happy that they trust me."

And while he lives deep in Buckeyes country, Moyer has been a big fan of Wisconsin coach Bo Ryan for a long time.

"To be honest, Coach Ryan is one of my favorite coaches," said Moyer, who also holds early offers from Dayton and Detroit. "He's a great coach. He's very methodical with his coaching. He coaches big games against Indiana, Ohio State and Michigan, and they win a lot of those games. Just because I am from Buckeye Nation doesn't mean I am not familiar with the success of Badger Nation."

Although he played varsity at Whetstone, Moyer barely played and became frustrated. Now he's gone from literally no interest to letters every day, and being recruited heavily by Iowa, Michigan, Ohio State, Virginia Tech and West Virginia.

"(Michigan) coach Beilein came and visited me and I've been to their campus," said Moyer. "Getting this (Wisconsin) offer my confidence is high, and it's still going to be high. I still play and will play with a chip on my shoulder. I am happy for this offer and it will help me with my confidence, but I am going to keep working hard and prove people wrong."

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