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Basketball guard Montez Mathis, John Carroll graduate, transfers to St. John’s from Rutgers

NEW YORK — Guard Montez Mathis has transferred to St. John’s after three seasons at Rutgers.

St. John’s coach Mike Anderson announced the move Thursday of the Baltimore native who played in 90 games and made 67 starts for the Scarlet Knights.

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Mathis, a John Carroll graduate, averaged 8.3 points and helped Rutgers advance to the NCAA tournament Round of 32 in its first appearance since 1991. He shot 38.3% and averaged 2.8 rebounds in 21.3 minutes per game and finished in double figures 10 times, highlighted by a 25-point game in a win over Purdue.

Rutgers' Montez Mathis (10) defends against Houston's Quentin Grimes, left, during the first half in the second round of the NCAA tournament at Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis on March 21, 2021. (AP)
Rutgers' Montez Mathis (10) defends against Houston's Quentin Grimes, left, during the first half in the second round of the NCAA tournament at Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis on March 21, 2021. (AP) (Mark Humphrey)

Mathis will have two years of eligibility remaining.

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“He has the ability to score and defend at a high level and he is a great fit for our program,” Anderson said. “Plus, he’s a veteran and a proven winner at the collegiate and high school levels. That’s invaluable when you’re establishing a winning culture.”

As a sophomore, Mathis started 31 games, averaging 7.4 points and 3.5 rebounds. He averaged 8.5 points as a freshman.

St. John’s posted a 16-11 record this past season.

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