Fairfield junior Keith Matthews will transfer out of the school and look to pursue his senior season closer to his home in Florida, head coach Sydney Johnson confirmed today.
Matthews, the Sebastian, Florida native, will look to transfer to a school closer to home after averaging 5.1 points per game and starting 21 of the 35 games he appeared in this season.
“It was tough for Keith not to play this year,” Johnson said. “He did play for the first half of the year and I personally thought some other guys emerged. I think it’s hard when you’re an upperclassmen and you’re not playing as much.”
“He was honest with it. He’s an outstanding young man, he was honest and forthright about it and I also feel just the desire to be closer to home was a pretty big draw too.”
Johnson said that he and the staff will help to find Matthews a place closer to home in Florida. Matthews had offers from Youngstown State and Winthrop, but picked Fairfield over them when Ed Cooley was head coach.
“I can’t say enough good things about him,” Johnson said. “Anything that we can do, we will do.”
Matthews is the second player to transfer out of Fairfield under Johnson’s watch. Jemel Fields transferred to St. Peter’s after Johnson’s first season leading the Stags.
“We don’t expect anyone else to transfer out,” Johnson said. “That has been something that has happened an incredible amount across the country. So can never say never, but right now I really don’t expect anybody else to transfer.”
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