Champaign, Illinois- Illinois head coach Brad Underwood Wednesday announced that Matthew Mayer (pronounced MY-er) He has signed the Big Ten financial aid tender with the University of Illinois and is joining the Fighting Illini Program as a transfer for his final college season.
Meyer is a 6-foot-9-inch, 225-pound goalkeeper/forward from Austin, Texas. He has spent the past four years at Baylor, playing 126 games during his football career totaling 865 points, 400 rebounds, 112 assists and 109 breaches.
Mayer was the sixth man on the 2021 Baylor NCAA team and helped the Bears claim 12 consecutive major titles and the No. 1 NCAA Championship title in 2021 and 2022. Overall, he was part of the Baylor teams that have won 101 games over the last four years and crossed the 25-win mark. In each of the past three seasons.
“We are thrilled to add one of the most diverse players in college basketball to the Eleni family at Matthew Mayer,” Underwood said. “He can excel in every position on the field, on both ends of the floor. He has the ability to shoot, create games, play anywhere and influence the game. Matthew has winning percentages, playing a key role for Baylor during a historic run of success for this program, which includes the title NCAA. His experience, leadership and winning mentality are all attributes that will strengthen our current team.”
Mayer started 33 games this past season, earning an All-Big 12 Honors with a career best average of 9.8 points and 5.0 rebounds while finishing second on the team with 41 steals. He scored in double figures 17 times, driving 22 points in his 8-of-12 career with four three-pointers in a first-round NCAA Championship win over Norfolk State (3/17/22). Mayer scored his first 20-point performance in a win over West Virginia (18/1/22), marking the best five rounds of his career. He made his career recovery in a home win over No. 5 Kansas (2/26/22), grabbing 12 boards.
Mayer finished fifth on the team in scoring as a rookie, averaging 8.1 points while shooting 49% from the field and about 40% from a 3-point range. He hit double digits 11 times, driving 19 points and is a season-high at just 21 minutes in a win over No. 17 Oklahoma State (3/4/21). Meyer had several notable performances during Baylor’s NCAA title career, having nine best rebounds in the first season in a first-round win over Hartford (19/3/21), scoring 17 points with six plates in a second-round win over Wisconsin (3/21/21) and got 12 points in the final four-way win over Houston #6 (4/3/21).
Mayer averaged 4.8 points as a sophomore, including 8.9 points per game over his last seven games before the 2020 season was interrupted by COVID-19. He scored in double digits five times, most notably 19 points in a season that he scored 6 of 7 in the win over Kansas State (2/25/20).
Meyer averaged 4.6 points as a freshman, scoring a season high of 18 points in a win over Nichols (11/16/18) and posting 17 points on his 12th debut in the TCU (1/5/19).
Mayer was a four-star and Top 100 recruit of the 2018 class. He attended Austin Westlake High School, helping Chaparrals earn a 36-4 record and a state appearance in the Class 6A semifinals as a senior.
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