Oklahoma State transfer Matthew-Alexander Moncrieffe headed to Georgia

Oklahoma State transfer Matthew-Alexander Moncrieffe headed to Georgia

Mike White and Georgia have struck again in the transfer portal, this time landing Oklahoma State forward Matthew Alexander Moncrieffe.

A native of Brampton, Ontario, Moncrieffe confirmed his commitment with 247Sports.

“I’m going to Georgia to play for coach White and the Georgia Bulldogs,” said Moncrieffe. “It was really just the relationship and the comfort level that I have with the staff. I feel like it is really the place that I could help them a lot and they will help me develop a lot and help me get my game to that next level where I want to be.

“Ultimately, though, it was the comfort level that I have with the staff and the vision that we have for this team and everything that the team can be.”

Big for Georgia in the process was assistant coach Erik Pastrana. Pastrana recruited Moncrieffe to Oklahoma State out of high school and laid the groundwork for a strong relationship.

“EP recruited me since I was 17 or 18 years old so we had that relationship and he coached me for a year and we had success when he was with me so that made it a lot easier,” said Moncrieffe. “Erik I obviously knew, but the whole staff made I really feel comfortable with because I had a great visit and got to make great relationships with them.”

A top 65 player in the country coming out of high school, Moncrieffe is an athletic and tough 6-foot-7 forward who averaged nine points and 5.3 rebounds as a freshman before seeing his role decreased in Stillwater last season. He’s looking forward to taking his game back to the level he had been playing at and has a message for what Georgia fans can expect to see from him.

“Georgia fans should expect that dog every night. I bring a lot of energy level to the table. A lot of rebounding, pushing the floor, athleticism, dunks, playing with energy and just giving it my all for a lot of wins. That’s what they can expect.”

So far, White and his staff have made excellent use of the transfer portal. In addition to Moncrieffe they’ve landed transfers Jusaun Holt from Alabama, Terry Roberts from Bradley and Justin Hill from Longwood. They were able to talk star Kario Oquendo out of the transfer portal and the team that the staff is putting together played a large role in landing Moncrieffe.

“Most definitely another big part that brought me to Athens was that vision that we have. I feel like the entire fanbase, the city is begging for a basketball team that they can be proud of. That’s something I and the rest of the guys coming in, we want to take on that challenge and make Georgia basketball relevant.”

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