Tuesday May 31st, 2016

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Cal guard Jordan Mathews will graduate and play elsewhere next season as a transfer, he announced Tuesday.

Mathews averaged 13.5 points per game last season as a junior and shot 41.6% from three-point range. Scout.com’s Evan Daniels reports Gonzaga is the front-runner for Mathews’s services. NCAA rules stipulate that players who graduate with a year of eligibility remaining can play immediately at another school if it offers a master’s program not found at the player’s previous institution.

Reports have indicated that Cal could add Kentucky transfer Marcus Lee, and the loss of Mathews frees up a scholarship should that move occur. However, losing Mathews in the backcourt, in addition to the graduating Tyrone Wallace and NBA-bound Jaylen Brown, is a significant blow for Cuonzo Martin’s team.

The Golden Bears recently landed a commitment from four-star point guard Charlie Moore, who will be a freshman next season.

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