Cal's Mathews to graduate, plans to transfer to Gonzaga

Cal's Mathews to graduate, plans to transfer to Gonzaga”

On Tuesday, Jordan Mathews - one of the Cal men's basketball team's best players - announced on Twitter that he will be graduating this summer and plans to play out his final year of NCAA eligibility at another school.

The California Golden Bears will now have to replace their top three scorers from previous year with Jordan Mathews' sudden departure from the school. He is coming off a junior season in which he averaged 13.5 points, 3.4 rebounds and 1.3 assists per game.

Both CBS Sports' Jon Rothstein and's Evan Daniels reported the Gonzaga Bulldogs are the front-runners to land Mathews.

After the departures of Tyrone Wallace and star freshman Jaylen Brown, Mathews' role in the offense was predicted to grow. Ivan Rabb chose to spurn the National Basketball Association and return to college, and with Mathews in the fold, the Golden Bears looked to still have a solid squad.

Now, Mathews' absence will leave a major hole in the roster, especially since Martin isn't reloading with a strong 2016 recruiting class. Cal ranks last in the Pac-12 and 88th nationally in 247Sports' composite team rankings.

Reports have indicated that Cal could add Kentucky transfer Marcus Lee, and the loss of Mathews frees up a scholarship should that move occur. The Zags are losing two redshirt senior guards-Eric McClellan and Kyle Dranginis-so Mathews would have a path to the starting lineup.

Incoming guards such as Don Coleman and graduate transfer Grant Mullins could see increased responsibility next season as a result of Mathews' decision.

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