Matthew Moyer Profile, Part II [Article & Video]

Article by Eran Hami

A star athlete and a standout student. Matthew Moyer is dedicated to everything he takes on.

Seen walking through the hallways to the basketball gym, sporting a Syracuse University gym bag that is navy blue with the word “Syracuse” in orange, Gahanna’s Matthew Moyer makes no bones about where his college choice is.

To anyone under 6 feet tall, the 16-year-old five-star forward seems like a giant. He is lanky with a wingspan the size of an albatross’ but lacks a muscular figure. He has short buzzed brown hair with a light black skin tone.

On school days, the 6-feet-8 inch basketball small forward gets a head start with a 4 a.m. workout with his personal trainer, and then follows that up with an eight-hour school day. Moyer starts that school day with music, and not by listening to it, but by playing it as a first-chair violinist in the school’s orchestra.

Moyer said he spends numerous hours on homework each night, but manages to get it all done. He usually studies at home and sits at the polished, dark brown wooden kitchen table that is about four feet high. Moyer sits in the chair that faces towards a glass sliding door, looking out to his suburban backyard. Overflowing with assignments and notes, his plastic red, lime green and purple folders divide up his class duties. At one point he got up to get a navy blue blanket, that felt like felt material, to wrap his long legs up. He pestered his mom several times that the house was cold and the heat needed to be turned on. She resisted saying October is too early for the heat.

The weekends are filled with basketball and social time. Moyer tries to make it out to cheer on fellow Gahanna Lincoln Lions at the football games.

“I just love supporting,” Moyer said about his high school and attending a college with a football program.

Every now and then Moyer will get interrupted on his homework from his friend and teammate Nick Ward. Ward asked Moyer over the phone to give him a “shout out” on Twitter. With the phone on speaker Moyer rolls his eyes and throws his head back and shakes it in a displeased manor.

“You don’t have 1000 followers yet Nick?” Moyer said on the phone joking around with Ward.

“That dude FaceTimes me and calls me all the time,” Moyer said as Skittles rattle around a cardboard box and fall into Moyer’s hand. “How many times does he call me? Once before school, once before workouts, once before I go to bed and then if he can’t sleep he’ll just keep FaceTimeing me until I wake up.”

 On Sundays in the fall, Moyer attends “Coach Vic’s Open Gym”, at the older Reynoldsburg High School. Here, the best basketball players in the Columbus area come together for two hours to showcase their talents with various Division II and Division III college coaches in attendance. Moyer arrived to the gym sporting his royal blue Gahanna Lincoln warm-up jacket, with the school logo stamped on the left side of the jacket on his chest. He found his fellow high school teammate and Division I recruit, Ward, behind the small set of silver bleachers with only four rows. The two laughed liked young kids about a previous basketball trip they attended, while Moyer did some warm-up stretches on his legs using a 4-foot, maroon colored elastic band.

When Moyer is with Ward and his friends he is average height. For an average 5-feet-8-inch man, standing next to him and his friends would be like standing in the Redwood forest. He walks out to the faded wooden court with a lackadaisical appearance, but he doesn’t allow himself to be pushed around in the game. Moyer knows where to be on the court and where the ball needs to go when he receives a pass.

Moyer is involved with so much it is rare to see him just have free time to himself. Yet the student-athlete with a 3.7 GPA and ranked nationally as high as 14th on 247 Sports, maintains his composure and puts in hard work. As school progresses and his junior season approaches, Matt is going to need to find that continual perfect balance.