Over the last several weeks, there have been few prospects hotter on the college basketball circuit than Columbus (OH) Gahanna Lincoln forward Matthew Moyer.
On Monday alone, following a standout performance in Philadelphia over the weekend, Moyer received four scholarships; three of them from high-major schools like Arizona State, Kansas State and Wake Forest.
“I can’t even imagine it,” Moyer told BadgerNation. “It’s good to know all the hard work I’ve been putting in is paying off. (This past weekend) I really showed my motor. All coaches want to see beyond the skill, beyond the athleticism, is the motor. I played as hard as I freaking could. I just wanted to show everybody I play hard.”
Plenty of schools have taken notice of the 6-8, 215-pound Moyer. Including the four schools that offered Monday, Moyer is up to 16 scholarships, which include offers from Butler, Iowa, UNLV and USC. While the thought of narrowing his list hasn’t even appeared on his radar, Moyer does admit that the first high major school to offer him – the University of Wisconsin – recruits him as hard as anybody.
“They’re extremely active,” said Moyer. “Coach Ryan and Coach Paris came and watched me play last weekend, and they were very impressed. I’m an extremely high priority for Coach Ryan. He’s a great guy and great coach as we all know. They are as serious about me as I am serious about them.”
A three-star prospect ranked No.17 power forward in the 2016 class by Scout.com, Moyer is such a big target for Bo Ryan that Moyer said the two spoke Saturday, Sunday and Monday.
“What I like about Coach Ryan is that he keeps it real,” said Moyer. “He’s not going to sugarcoat anything, like some coaches who say ‘We love you’ or ‘You’re great.’ Wisconsin does love me, but he tells me what I need to work on. He is trying to get me to come up for a visit, so I’m excited to figure out when I could do that.”
Not only is Moyer close with the Wisconsin coaching staff but he’s close with senior point guard Traevon Jackson. With Jackson living close by, the two guys workout in the mornings and spend a lot of time talking about basketball.
“He has a huge influence on Wisconsin and how great the program is that he is kind of like another recruiter for them,” said Moyer. “The thing about him that really rubs off on me is how hard that kid works. He’s like a big brother to me. He’s a born-again Christian like I am. He’s worked so hard after being under recruited in high school. He’s been an underdog his whole life, and I really respect that.”
Moyer’s upside will only continue to grow. Transferring to Lincoln last season, Moyer admitted he struggled adjusting to the school’s Princeton offense, not to mention playing behind Michigan State freshman Javon Bess. He averaged around seven points per game, but now sees an opening for a leadership role.
“It was pretty uncomfortable and tough at first. The whole season was tough,” said Moyer. “It’ll be a lot better for me this year. (Last year) was about playing in the system and knowing my role. My role last year wasn’t to score as much. This year I definitely think it is.”
Moyer says he continues to get heavily recruited by John Beilein and Michigan and Jim Larranga and Miami and believes both schools could be soon to offer. With AAU tournaments scheduled for later this month in Cincinnati and Louisville, Moyer will certainly have an opportunity to earn those scholarships and many others.
“People have doubted me and saying, ‘If Matthew Moyer really that good?” he said. “People have been saying that I shouldn’t be getting the recognition that I am. That makes me want to work harder and gives me motivation for the haters out there. That’s the main thing, keep working hard, stay humble and keep my head to the grind, and those haters will have to give me respect.”