Statement from Citadel’s Matt Van Scyoc

Matt Van Scyoc

Matt Van Scyoc

News broke Wednesday night that The Citadel’s top basketball player, rising junior Matt Van Scyoc, was leaving the program.

Van Scyoc, a 6-6 forward, who averaged 14.3 ppg last season, texted me this statement Thursday morning.

“The only comment I wish to make right now is that I was accused of an honor violation and found to be in violation. I appealed the decision and eventually lost.

“I leave The Citadel having built some very strong relationships with my coaches, teammates and fellow Citadel classmates. I will take everything I have learned in my two years here with me to my new destination and wish nothing but great success for the team next season.”


Citadel hoop gets commit from 6-7 Nadi Beciri

Nadi Beciri

Nadi Beciri

Citadel basketball has received a verbal commitment from Nadi Beciri, a 6-7, 240-pound post player from Bergen (N.J.) Catholic High School.

Beciri averaged 18.6 ppg and 11.5 rebounds for a team that went 20-5 last year, shooting 57 percent from the floor. He made first-team all-Bergen County and scored 1,017 points in his career.

“He had a monster senior year for us,” said Bergen Catholic coach Billy Armstrong, who played college ball at Davidson. “We play really tough inner-city, parochial school schedule, so he’s been battle tested against some of the top teams in the country.

“He’s a traditional, back to the basket throwback player. I tell people he’s a poor man’s Kevin McHale — square shoulders, long arms, strong hands. He’s great at eating up space in the post. If he was an inch taller, or could jump a little higher, he’d be a high major D-I player.”

Armstrong said Beciri had a host of offers from local Division II schools and late interest from Wagner and Long Island U.
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