On Sunday evening, Robert Morris added another talent to its roster, landing JuCo forward Matt Mayers.
“I feel like it was the best fit for me overall, both on and off the court,” Mayers told Pittsburgh Sports Now. “Being a student athlete, being close to home, and just being comfortable in a new program. My relationship with the coaching staff is good because we started talking early preseason, so they really got to know me, go to know where I came from, and got to know the work ethic I put in.”
JUCO Player to Know
6’8 F Matt Mayers (2021) of Hutchinson CC @bluedragonsport
Thru 10 games, Mayers is averaging 21.8 ppg & 10.8 rpg while shooting 67% from field
Mayers is one of most improved players in entire country
Averaged 3.1 ppg & 2.4 rpg in 19-20 pic.twitter.com/dQCIckJ8ZE
— JucoRecruiting.com (@JucoRecruiting) February 26, 2021
Mayers, at 6-foot-8, 210 pounds, is a very versatile forward who has played two years at the junior college level and is now looking to make his name known at the division one level. In his most recent season at Hutchinson Community College, he averaged 17.8 points per game on 59.6% shooting.
“I am an unselfish player,” he said. “I can put the ball on the floor, I can play inside-out, I can shoot, and I have a high IQ within the game of basketball. My defensive skills are pretty good. I can block shots, guard other guards, and guard other people that don’t play my position usually.”
After two years at the junior college level, there will certainly be a jump in the talent level when he makes his debut for Robert Morris. However, Mayers says, he is grateful for his time at Hutchinson CC and learned a lot there.
“My experience playing JuCo basketball was a really good learning experience that took me on,” he said. “Not just for basketball, but for life, so, I appreciate playing JuCo.
Mayers now joins Ferron Flavors, Rasheem Dunn, Michael Green, Brandon Stone, Justin Winston, and Mattia Cunzo as new Colonials for next season. As for his role, Mayers says that head coach Andy Toole plans to use him in a big way from the start.
“Robert Morris wants to use me as one of their main forwards,” he said. “They want to use me as one of their main pieces on the court. I am looking forward to bringing a positive character to RMU and just trying to win a championship.”