Matthew Moyer can see himself playing at Iowa. The vision comes from seeing a fellow Ohioan there that plays like him.
"There are players there right now that are succeeding, including one from the same state in Aaron White. We have similar games. We get up and down and are athletic. I see him catching oops and all of that good stuff so I feel like I fit the Iowa style of play. The academics are good. So far I have a great relationship with the staff," Moyer said.
The Hawkeyes extended a scholarship offer to the 6-foot-8, 215-pound Moyer Sunday. They joined reported offers from Air Force, Dayton, Detroit, Rice, UNLV, USC, Wisconsin, Xavier and Virginia Tech.
"They like how I get up and down (the court). I'm very athletic and my jumper is coming along. My versatility, they like that. Also, they like how I take academics seriously and how good of a kid I am. I think I fit their criteria," Moyer said.
Moyer, a Class of 2016 prospect, hails from Gahanna Lincoln High in the Columbus. He runs with the VCC Ohio Warriors in AAU.
In addition to his scholarship offers, Moyer reported interest from Michigan, Ohio State, Illinois, Kansas, Texas, UCLA, Vanderbilt, Michigan State, VCU and Virginia, among others. He said that the Bruins and Coach Steve Alford have increased the contact recently.
Virginia Tech, Notre Dame, West Virginia, Xavier, Ohio State, Michigan, Michigan State, Dayton and Butler have received unofficial visits from Moyer. He planned to see Iowa in the fall and possibly make a return trip to Morgantown.
"I wouldn't say that I've gotten around but I've definitely taken my share of unofficials. It's good because you get to see what's out there and see the differences in colleges, coaches, facilities and everything about the schools," Moyer said.
Moyer said he would like to become a cardiologist.
"The main thing that I want to see, and this is a need, is strong academics. If the school doesn't have the academic prowess to get me to where I want to be, that's definitely not going to be an option for me. As far as beyond that, it's going to be about fit. I'm not the kind of guy that's going to be worried about how far the school is from home. It's not about being a high major or a mid major. It's about fit for me," Moyer said.
Several components factor into his feeling on a fit.
"It's everything. It's the style of basketball. It's the relationship with the coaches. It's little things like playing right away or learning from a senior when I get there. It's about meeting my needs. So far, Iowa seems to be meeting those needs," Moyer said.
The Hawkeyes are double teaming Moyer. He hears from head coach Fran McCaffery as well as assistant Andrew Francis.
"Coach Francis is the one recruiting me the most. I talk to Coach McCaffery every now and then. We have good conversations but Coach Francis is the main person that I talk to. I talk to him twice a week and we catch up. We have good long conversations. He also has a good relationship with my parents. That helps things, too," Moyer said.
Moyer has not set a timetable for his commitment.
"As far as picking a school, you never know. I could make my decision next week or it could come my senior year when it's the last second. It's all about the timing; if I feel like it's time; if my family feels like it's time. I feel like I definitely have some good schools on my list but I'm just taking it slow and being humble," Moyer said.
Matthew Moyer's phone rang often this weekend as June 15th opened up the recruiting lines for coaches to call the Class of 2016. Iowa contacted the Ohio power forward and offered him a scholarship. He talked about the Hawkeye opportunity and the rest of his recruitment with Scout.com.