Syracuse announced Tuesday that incoming freshman Matthew Moyer will miss the entire 2016-17 season with an unspecified injury.
In a tweet posted by the Syracuse men’s basketball Twitter account, Orange basketball head coach Jim Boeheim said that Moyer has decided to redshirt this season due to “preseason time missed with an injury.”
Matt Moyer has decided to redshirt this season due to "preseason time missed with an injury," according to Coach Boeheim.
— Syracuse Basketball (@Cuse_MBB) November 8, 2016
While Moyer’s injury is unspecified, Moyer had dealt with toe and foot issues over the summer.
Moyer, a 6’8”, 210-pound small forward from Columbus, Ohio (Gahanna Lincoln High School) came to Syracuse as one of the more prized recruits in the 2016 recruiting class.
According to 247Sports, Moyer was rated as a four-star recruit. The site ranked him as the No. 67 overall prospect in the 2016 class and the 10th-best small forward in the country. 247Sports also regarded Moyer as the seventh-best basketball player in the state of Ohio.
If there is one position that Syracuse can overcome an injury to it is in the frontcourt, as Boeheim has some depth he can rely on. Look for senior Tyler Roberson, sophomore Tyler Lydon and freshman Taurean Thompson to pick up the slack in Moyer’s stead.
After Syracuse surprisingly advanced to the 2016 Final Four while finishing with a record of 23-14 (9-9 in ACC play), Boeheim and the Orange are looking for some carryover momentum. The Orange will kick of the 2016-17 season when they host Colgate on Friday.
Syracuse begins the season as the 19th-ranked team in the Associated Press top-25, while ranked 17th in the USA Today Coaches Poll.