Former Gonzaga Bulldogs shooting guard Jordan Mathews signed a new contract with PGE Spojnia Stargard in the Polish Basketball League, according to a report from EuroBasket.
It unites him with another graduate transfer who played at Gonzaga, Admon Gilder, who signed with Spojnia in November of 2021 and averaged 18.6 points in 19 games last season.
Mathews spent three years at Cal with the Golden Bears before grad transferring to Gonzaga ahead of the magical 2016-17 season. He appeared in 39 games for the Zags, playing 28 minutes per night and averaging 10.6 points, 3.3 rebounds, and 1.5 assists while shooting 39.2% from downtown.
His three-pointer with less than a minute to go against West Virginia in the 2017 NCAA Tournament remains one of the greatest shots in school history, as it sent the Bulldogs back to the Elite 8 in a season where they eventually played in their first national championship game, losing to North Carolina.
Mathews spent his first professional season in the states with the Birmingham Squadron before heading overseas, first with FOG Naestved in Denmark where he averaged 20.3 points in 21 games during the 2018-19 season.
He then spent the next season in Italy with Vanoli Cremona, averaging 10 and 3 in 16 games, before a nine game stint in Russia with Enisey in 20-21 – his last stop before inking this new deal in Poland.
Mathews and Gilder are two of many excellent transfers who have come through Gonzaga in the past decade, and they’ll make an excellent pair in Poland next season – assuming they both stick around.
Andy hosts the Locked on Zags and Locked on College Basketball podcasts, and serves Locked On in a marketing/digital content creator role as well. He lives just outside Portland with his wife Jenna and dog, Tillie.