St. John’s basketball guard Montez Mathis to return for final season

St. John's basketball guard Montez Mathis (Photo by Porter Binks/Getty Images)
St. John's basketball guard Montez Mathis (Photo by Porter Binks/Getty Images) /

St. John’s basketball guard Montez Mathis is returning to school for another season. 

A veteran guard will be retuning to Queens for one more season with the St. John’s basketball team.

CBS Sports college basketball insider Jon Rothstein was the first to report that Montez Mathis will use his final year of eligibility with the Red Storm after transferring from Rutgers last offseason.

Mathis quickly showed his defensive prowess and versatility under head coach Mike Anderson while his offense was best showcased when running in transition with his athleticism at the forefront.

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The 6-foot-4 guard averaged 8.2 points, 3.4 rebounds, 1.9 assists, and 1.1 steals per game while shooting 42.0-percent from the field, the highest percentage of his career.

However, Mathis was only able to connect at a 26.4-percent clip from downtown, the lowest since his freshman season as a Scarlet Knight, and 62.3-percent from the free throw line.

The only other decision Montez Mathis could have made was to be a graduate transfer at another program as the guard does not have the resume of a professional player, in the NBA, NBA G-League, or overseas, at the moment.

St. John’s basketball looking for leadership from backcourt

Montez Mathis was one of just two players, Dylan Addae-Wusu to appear in all 32 games for St. John’s this season.

The Red Storm will be relying on Mathis to be a veteran leader for a team that will have a lot of pressure to make the postseason.

Posh Alexander, Rafael Pinzon, Mathis, and Addae-Wusu all are expected to return to Queens for another season as St. John’s brings in four-star shooting guard AJ Storr and three-star point guard Kolby King to help bolster the backcourt.

Anderson and his staff are continuing to asses the transfer portal for any potential additions or upgrades to the roster, regardless of position.

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