Each day leading up to Orange Madness we will be releasing our player previews for the 2016-2017 Syracuse basketball season. Today’s player preview: Matthew Moyer
It feels as though Matt Moyer has been committed to Syracuse for about as long as Trevor Cooney wore Orange. But as Moyer finally made his way to the Salt City, he first had some issue with grade three turf toe that kept him out of practice.
Now cleared to practice, Moyer finds himself behind a loaded front-court with guys like Tyler Roberson and Tyler Lydon assuming the lion’s share of minutes at the forward positions. Throw in Andrew White who will likely spend some time at forward and another ESPN 100 recruit in Taurean Thompson and suddenly there aren’t enough minutes to go around.
Moyer brings great athleticism to Syracuse along with a try-to-dunk-everything attitude. He’s a prototypical Syracuse forward with great size, length and leaping ability who figures to be a very good player. He can also step out and shoot the ball a bit.
Injuries aside, the only issue for Moyer will be the lack of available playing time. Minutes will open up in his sophomore year following Tyler Roberson’s graduation and Tyler Lydon’s likely departure to the NBA. In the interim he’ll be able to refine his game, but he’s worth getting excited about. He plays the game with a ton of passion.