Adam Zagoria covers basketball at all levels. He is the author of two books and an award-winning journalist whose articles have appeared in ESPN The Magazine, SLAM, Sheridan Hoops, Sports Illustrated, Basketball Times and in newspapers nationwide.
By ADAM ZAGORIA
Baylor’s Matthew Mayer is headed to Illinois.
After withdrawing from the NBA Draft, the 6-foot-9 senior announced Friday he will transfer to Illinois, choosing the Illini over North Carolina and other suitors.
“I just loved the staff, great team, great NIL and winning program last 3 years,” he said.
He averaged 9.8 points, five rebounds, 1.2 steals and one assist on 40.9% shooting from the field in 33 games at Baylor last season. When Baylor won the NCAA championship during the 2020-21 season, Mayer played a key role, averaging 8.1 points and 3.7 rebounds while shooting 49% from the field and 40% from deep.
He was considered one of the top transfers in the portal.
Mayer joins Texas Tech transferTerrence Shannon Jr. and incoming guard Skyy Clarkin Illinois’ incoming group.
The deadline for withdrawal from the NBA Draft was June 1.
The NBA draft will take place on June 23.
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Adam Zagoria is a Basketball Insider who covers basketball at all levels. A contributor to The New York Times and SportsNet New York (SNY), he is also the author of two books and is an award-winning journalist and filmmaker. His articles have appeared in ESPN The Magazine, SLAM, Sheridan Hoops, Basketball Times and in newspapers nationwide. He also won an Emmy award for his work on the SNY mini-documentary on Syracuse guard Tyus Battle.
A veteran Ultimate Frisbee player, he has competed in numerous National and World Championships and, perhaps more importantly, his teams won the Westchester Summer League (WSL) championships in 2011 and 2013.
He lives in Manhattan with his wife and children.