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At Syracuse, Jim Boeheim has always had a knack for finding long and versatile wing players that fit his style on both ends of the floor. Friday, the Orange dipped into the class of 2016 and grabbed lanky forward Matthew Moyer.
From Columbus (Ohio)Gahanna, Moyer is an athletic and versatile small forward who currently ranks No. 90 in the class of 2016. Moyer just returned home from a trip to Syracuse for their elite camp and felt like it was time to end things because he loved the school and felt he was a perfect fit for the program.
"To me it was just the fit," Moyer told Rivals.com. "I really love the place. Great people, a great coaching staff and coach Boeheim is great.
"I'm the typical mold for a Syracuse player. I just fit them. It's a dream, I never thought this would happen. It was a situation where I would have always loved to go to Syracuse but I never knew if I would be good enough."
A natural small forward who can shoot with some range, run the floor and finish above the rim, Moyer also has the size at 6-foot-7 to play some around the rim. He can cover a lot of ground defensively in the Orange's famed zone and is a player who has been improving at a rapid pace.
"You look at the small forwards who come through Syracuse like a C.J.Fair, Jerami Grant or even Carmelo Anthony and they were all versatile," said Moyer. "I'm not saying I'm as good as Carmelo, he was one of the best ever, but I'm versatile. I can bring the ball up the floor, I can post a smaller guard and I can shoot the three. My pull-up is coming along and I can do a lot of things well and I'm very athletic."
During the spring, Moyer was outstanding and he was even better during the summer and few players in 2016 saw their recruitment's heat up like Moyer. Even though he loved the attention of recruiting, he couldn't sit on a Syracuse offer and he is glad to be done with his recruitment.
"Obviously I'm not going to get the same attention," said Moyer. "I'll be honest, I'm an only child and I loved the attention and the calls but it was getting to the point now where I don't love all the calls. I had a great July and I'm getting interest and calls from all over and it was kind of a mess.
"I don't care how stressful it got I was going to wait for the school that was right for me. I was blessed enough that it came early so why sit and wait on it?"
Eric Bossi is the national basketball recruiting analyst for Rivals.com. You can click here to follow him on Twitter.
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