WILMINGTON, N.C. —- Freshman SG Mark Matthews has announced his intentions to transfer out of the UNC-Wilmington Seahawks‘ men’s basketball program.
With Matthews having played only one season with the Seahawks, there is only a small sample size to evaluate his talents at the Division I level. We look at what options the Seahawks have coming back at shooting guard, and also look at the incomers who will suit up for the team in the 2016-2017 season.
Matthews averaged 3.3 points and 1.6 rebounds per game, while shooting 41.2% from the field, 28.6% from three point range, and 70.6% from the free throw line. Matthews appeared in 23 games, logging 204 minutes during the 2015-2016 season.
Matthews’s season high performance came against Delaware where he logged 18 points, 63.6% (7-11) from the field, 80% (4-5) from three pointers, 5 rebounds, and 2 steals in 24 minutes.
Matthews is a native of Fort Myers, Florida, and played his high school basketball at Fort Myers HS. Matthews was ranked as the 43rd best SG in the nation and a 2-star rated SG according to ESPN.com’s Basketball Recruiting services in the Class of 2015.
As a senior at Fort Myers HS, Matthews averaged 25.8 points, 9.5 rebounds, and 2.1 assists per game while playing for Coach Scott Guttery. Matthews finished his career with 2,051 points scored, 790 rebounds, 151 steals, and 201 assists.
Matthews had 16 Division I offers in high school but ultimately picked UNC-Wilmington over several finalists that included the High Point Panthers and Northeastern Huskies.
Despite the departure of Matthews, UNC-Wilmington will return a trio of shooting guards in Chris Flemmings, Denzel Ingram, and C.J. Bryce, along with fellow returnees of JaQuel Richmond, Nick Powell, and Colton Bishop.
This past season, Flemmings averaged 16.2 points, 5.8 rebounds, 1.6 assists per game, while shooting 51.0% from the field and 36.3% from three point range after joining the team as a walk-on after playing two seasons at Barton College.
The Seahawks will have several newcomers at shooting guard this season, with the likes of incoming freshman,Jaylen Fornes from Word of God Christian Academy. Fornes was a 3-star prospect according to 247Sports.com .
Also joining the team will be Wichita State transfer Tyrone Taylor, who averaged 3.1 points per game while shooting 29.2% from the field and 87.5% from the free throw line. Taylor will have to sit out the 2016-2017 season due to NCAA transfer rules.
Another player joining the team will be former Old Dominion Monarchs‘ guard Ambrose Mosley. Over three years with the Monarchs, Mosley scored 527 points, 125 made three pointers, and 194 total rebounds in his career.
Look for the trio of Flemmings, Ingram, and Bryce to have another great season to led the Seahawks in the 2016-2017 season. Expect upper-class leadership and big game experience from Mosley to contribute as well if the team expects to make back-to-back NCAA Tournament appearances.
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