On Sunday morning, Rutgers junior guard Montez Mathis announced he was entering the transfer portal.
Mathis has started 67 of 90 games that he played in his Rutgers career. However, after starting the first 13 games of this season, he came off the bench the final 15 contests. His minutes were reduced as well. Despite the change in roles, Mathis was fourth on the team with 8.3 points per game, while shooting 38.3% from the field and 2.8 rebounds per contest. In what may be his final game at Rutgers, Mathis had 10 points in the NCAA Tournament second round loss to Houston.
For his career, Mathis has averaged 8.0 points and 2.9 rebounds per game. He was also a reliable on the ball defender and good rebounding guard.
Rutgers now has the following players in the transfer portal: Jacob Young, who is expected to turn pro, as well as Myles Johnson, and Mamadou Doucoure. With the addition of Mathis, these were the four players most likely to explore options and leave this offseason for various reasons.
Ron Harper Jr. announced on Friday that he was entering the NBA Draft but kept the door open for a return by maintaining his eligibility by not hiring an agent.
Geo Baker’s decision on whether he will return for next season has not yet been announced.
With over 1,100 players in the transfer portal, Rutgers is experiencing similar roster influx as many other high major programs. With a free year of eligibility, the sit-out rule expected to be changed and a season in isolation has led to a massive increase of players entering the portal. For players that Rutgers is considering, you can listen to our latest podcast episode and for potential options to emerge on the roster already click here.
I’ll have more on the state of the roster and recruiting targets soon.