In his junior season with Cal, Jordan Mathews put up pretty impressive numbers. He was the Bears second leading scorer, and played the most minutes of anyone on the roster. Mathews is an exceptional three point shooter, averaging 41.6% from behind the arc last season. Along with his three point abilities, he also has the ability to get to the rim and finish. He is highly capable of sinking shots with a hand in his face, and is not afraid to get physical in the lane.
So what can the Zags expect from Mathews this season? Well for starters, the Zags can expect him to stretch the court and open up the lanes for the likes of Johnathan Williams III, Przemek Karnowski, Zach Collins, Killian Tillie, and Jacob Larsen. Adding a player like Mathews continues to diversify a very special Gonzaga team. Mathews brings the ability to knock down outside shots along with pounding the glass, but can also clean up on the defensive end. Mathews has the ability to bring down rebounds, and get big steals.
While Mathews played for three years at Cal, there is still a lot of unknown about him. Here's what we do know. Mathews is 6 foot 4, weighing in at just over 200 pounds, and plays as a shooting guard. He is a very determined player and dedicates himself to the game of basketball. Mathews is coming in to a team that has big holes to fill and we can expect to see him stepping into a big role almost immediately. We won't know how Mathews will work with the Zags until we see him play in the first game, but for now we can admire some of the great things Mathews did at Cal through his last highlight video. Let's hope Mathews can be as big of a player for us as he was for the Bears.