So I didn't expect this.
Will always be a Golden Bear at heart! pic.twitter.com/km5ioiPjSC— Jordan Mathews (@JordanMathews22) May 31, 2016
HUGE NEWS. Cal's Jordan Mathews told ESPN he will graduate and play his final year elsewhere.— Jeff Goodman (@GoodmanESPN) May 31, 2016
Cal now loses Tyrone Wallace, Mathews and Jaylen Brown from their 2015-16 rotation, making it hard to see where the Bears will find their perimeter offense next season.
You can now see what the rotation would look like, sort of.
Point guard: Sam Singer and Charlie Moore and Don Coleman and Brandon Chauca.
Shooting guard: Jabari Bird and Grant Mullins.
Small forward: Stephen Domingo and Roger Moute.
Power forward: Ivan Rabb and Roman Davis.
Center: Kameron Rooks and Kingsley Okoroh
This would clear up the scholarship math for the Bears to get Marcus Lee, but still, this is not the player the Bears would want to lose going into next season unless they expect Domingo to make a monumental leap in offensive production. Cal simply doesn't have a lot of perimeter scoring to replace Mathews, who shot 41% from three to lead the Bears.
Cal fans, your thoughts on this? The Bears do have a lot more depth at point guard but their strength along the wing has been almost entirely wiped.
UPDATE: Gonzaga is the favorite. Cal plays Gonzaga in 2016.
Gonzaga is the school to beat for California graduate transfer Jordan Mathews, sources say. Averages 13.5 PPG last season.— Evan Daniels (@EvanDaniels) May 31, 2016
Statement on Mathews from Cuonzo Martin.
"Jordan has been a valuable member to our Cal basketball program for the past three years where he developed into one of our all-time 3-point shooters and leading scorers overall. As with any of our student-athletes, graduating from Cal is of paramount importance and I am happy Jordan is on track to earn his degree in legal studies this summer. Along with our entire staff, I wish him well in his future endeavors."