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Two-Way Tracker: Meet New Wizards Guard Garrison Mathews

By Jake Winderman | September 4, 2019

Player: Garrison Mathews

College: Lipscomb (2015-2019)

Height/Weight: 6-foot-5, 204 pounds

NBA Team/NBA G League Affiliate: Washington Wizards/Capital City Go-Go

College Breakdown: Garrison Mathews comes to the Wizards organization by way of Lipscomb, where he spent four collegiate seasons. Matthews was named 2019 Atlantic Sun Player of the Year after averaging 20.8 points, 5.5 rebounds and 1.9 assists per game on 40.3% shooting from beyond the arc during his senior season. The Lipscomb legend earned All-Atlantic 10 First Team honors during his sophomore, junior and seniors years and led the Bisons to their first-ever NCAA Tournament during the 2017-18 season. Mathews put quite a mark on the Atlantic Sun record books during his time in Nashville and is the conference’s all-time leader in 3-point field goals (360) and points scored (2,478). During the 2018-19 season, Mathews led the Atlantic Sun in field goals made (222), 3-point field goals (360), 3-point field goal percentage (40.3%), free throws made (190), points per game (20.8), usage percentage (30.4%), points produced (657) and box plus/minus (+3.7). Mathews is Lipscomb’s all-time leading scorer and posted 10 games of 25+ points during his senior year. During his four seasons in Nashville, Mathews notched 30 points or more on 12 occasions and 40 points or more on two occasions.

Scouting Report: Garrison Mathews was a primarily on-ball guard during his collegiate career, but may be forced to play more off-the-ball as a shooting guard or wing in the NBA. Mathews has an accurate shot from deep and can sink shots at a consistent clip off-the-dribble and off-the-catch in the corners. When playing with the ball out of his hands, Mathews is excellent coming off of pin-down screens and elevator screens with a quick turn and release on his jump shot. Mathews rarely turned the ball over for how much the rock was in his hands at Lipscomb and has a solid knack for knowing when to kick and when to finish on dribble-drives to the basket. Mathews has an impressive vertical and the ability to block shots but will need to work on his lateral quickness at the next level.

Organizational Fit: While the Wizards will have an NBA All-Star in Bradley Beal leading the way at shooting guard, their lack of depth at that position and wing should give Mathews a chance to compete for early playing time in Washington. Isaac Bonga, Troy Brown Jr., Jemerrio Jones, CJ Miles, Tarik Phillip and Admiral Schofield present Mathews’ biggest competition for playing time at the NBA level.

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