William & Mary head men’s basketball coach Tony Shaver announced the addition of transfer wing Matt Milon (Oviedo, Fla./Oviedo) to the Tribe program. Milon comes to W&M after playing his freshman season at Boston College and will have three years of eligibility remaining. After sitting out next season due to NCAA transfer rules, he will be eligible to compete for the Tribe beginning in the fall of 2017.
“We are very excited to welcome Matt to the Tribe basketball family,” Shaver said. “He is a great fit for our offense with a high-level skill set and very strong basketball IQ. We expect him to flourish in our system as a guy who can make plays in all areas of the floor and consistently knock down shots. He is a proven winner coming out of Coach Ed Kershner’s program at Oviedo and has shown he can be effective at the highest level of college basketball.”
During his lone season in Chestnut Hill, Milon appeared in 30 games, including three starts, while averaging 16.6 minutes per contest. The 6-4 guard scored at a 5.4 points per game clip both overall and in ACC play. According to ESPN.com, Milon ranked fifth nationally in 3-point shooting at 49.4 percent, while making 39 on the season. His 3-point percentage also led all ACC freshmen. Milon averaged 1.4 rebounds per game, dished out 16 assists, shot 46.2 percent (55-of-119) from the field and connected on all 14 of his free throw attempts in his freshman season with BC.
Against Final Four participant Syracuse on Feb. 14, Milon enjoyed the best game of his young career, scoring 25 points. He connected on 8-of-12 from the field, knocked down 5-of-7 from 3-point range and was 4-of-4 from the charity stripe against the Orange. Milon scored in double figures in five games during his rookie campaign, including 16 points on 4-of-6 from 3-point range in a win over Harvard on Nov. 22. He added 12 points against Delaware in December and closed out the campaign with 12 in the first round of the ACC Tournament against Florida State.
Milon is the third incoming player to the W&M program for the 2016-17 campaign, joining 6-9 forward Nathan Knight (Syracuse, N.Y./ Nottingham/Kimball Union Academy) and 6-6 guard/forward Justin Pierce (Glen Ellyn, Ill./Glenbard West). Knight and Pierce both signed National Letters of Intent in November and will be eligible to compete for the Green and Gold in the fall of 2016. Click HERE to view their signing release.
Prior to Boston College, Milon was a standout player at Oviedo High School in Oviedo, Fla., for head coach Ed Kershner, who was named National Coach of the Year in 2015 by the National High School Athletic Coaches Association. A four-year starter at Oviedo, Milon helped lead the Lions to 98 wins and three trips to the state final four. He was the Florida Class 7A State Player of the Year as a junior and senior. Milon averaged 23 points and seven rebounds per game in leading Oviedo to the state championship game as a senior. During his junior campaign, the Lions won the state title as Milon averaged 18 points and five rebounds per game. He was listed as a three-star recruit by ESPN, Rivals, Scout, and 247Sports. ESPN.com also rated Milon as the 50th-best shooting guard in the country and a top-20 recruit in the state of Florida.
“Matt is a proven winner, a three-year captain and four-year starter in leading Oviedo to the Final Four three times,” Kershner said of his former player. “He is a player’s player and will do whatever is needed to win. Matt is a high character young man, who is always trying to get better and doing everything he can to put his team in position to win. He’s a leader and it was my privilege to coach him.”
Milon will be the seventh transfer to play at W&M during head coach Tony Shaver’s tenure. Adam Hess (2002-04), Hawley Smith (2003-05), Adam Payton (2005-07), Sean McCurdy (2008-10) and JohnMark Ludwick (2009-12) each earned their degrees from W&M after transferring into the program. Hess recently completed his eighth professional season in Germany and 12th overall in Europe, while Payton also played professionally in Europe after earning All-CAA honors for the Green and Gold. Both McCurdy and Ludwick were key contributors on the Tribe’s 22-win and 2010 National Invitation Tournament team, and Smith, who currently serves as the Children’s Ministry Pastor at the Williamsburg Community Chapel, was a two-year captain. Junior David Cohn just finished his first season with the Tribe in 2015-16 after transferring in from Colorado State. Cohn started all 31 games for W&M, averaging 9.6 points, 4.6 assists and 3.6 rebounds per game last season.
The Tribe returns 11 letterwinners and three starters from its 20-11 squad that finished tied for third in the CAA standings in 2015-16. It marked the Green and Gold’s third straight 20-win season, equaling the longest stretch in school history, which last occurred from 1949-51. First Team All-CAA senior Omar Prewitt returns along with fellow starters, senior Daniel Dixon and Cohn. Prewitt is the top-returning scorer in the CAA at nearly 18 points per game and a career total of 1,361. Dixon ranked second on the team in scoring last season at 12.5 points per contest. In total, the Tribe returns 75.9 percent (1809-of-2384) of its scoring from last season along with 73.1 percent (4570-of-6250) of the minutes played, 74.7 percent (374-of-501) of its assists, 66.4 percent (754-of-1135) of its rebounding, and 93.4 percent (225-of-241) of its made 3-pointers.