Providence College guard Matteus Case has officially announced on Wednesday April 6th that he has entered the transfer portal. It still feels weird to announce that someone is transferring schools by saying they are entering the portal. It sounds more like a science fiction way to travel more than just a player switching colleges.
Case, a 6’5” redshirt Freshman, was a very late addition to the Friars 2021-2022 team. He was the last player to join the squad and round out the men’s basketball team after spending a season redshirting for the Penn Quakers. The Ivy League was the one conference to cancel their entire basketball season last year, which is why Case wasn’t able to suit up for any games in 2020-2021.
Case appeared in 4 games, scoring in two of them, against St. Peter’s and Sacred Heart. Looking back on it now, that St. Peter’s bucket was actually pretty sweet. He also made into a Big East conference game at DePaul and an NCAA Tournament game against #12 seed Richmond.
Here were his first points as a Friar that came against SHU.
Although Al Durham is leaving Providence after expending all of his eligibility, incoming Freshman Quante Berry and Jayden Pierre were most likely in line to join what was becoming a crowded backcourt. Big East 6th Man of the Year Jared Bynum, Alyn Breed, and Brycen Goodine were ahead of Case in the rotation this season, so it does make sense that Matteus wanted a chance to play more minutes with another program.
The Canadian baller from Ontario was originally recruited by the likes of Evansville, Loyola Chicago, McNeese State, Mount Saint Mary’s, Northeastern, SIU Edwardsville, UC Davis, & UC Santa Barbara before choosing to commit to Penn.
And just in case you were wondering if my dude could get up…here’s a posterization from back in 2019.
And another one…
I didn’t get much of a chance to look back on Case’s highlights when he signed with Providence since I usually check everything out once I hear of the Friars having some interest in somebody. His commitment to PC kind of came out of nowhere at the time so I never got to do a deep dive on him. Watching some of these clips that are now a few years back, I wish I saw him get a little run when either Bynum or Durham were dealing with injuries.
I will absolutely be following the rest of Matteus’ college career and be rooting for him the whole way, just like I did with Jyare Davis, Kris Monroe, Jimmy Nichols, and Greg Gantt this season.