Matt Maloney, a freshman point guard at Vanderbilt University last season, is considering transferring to the University of Utah, the Deseret News has learned.
Vanderbilt Coach Eddie Fogler announced Wednesday morning that Maloney has decided to transfer to another school. Maloney visited the University of Utah campus last week but still hasn't decided if he'll attend the school."He's still considering Utah," said Maloney's father, James, an assistant coach at Temple. Asked why his son is transferring, he said,, "We're not going to go into all that right now."
"He visited here, but we're not sure he's coming here," said Utah assistant coach Joe Cravens.
According to Nashville Banner sports writer Mark McGee, Maloney was unhappy with his playing time last season. Vanderbilt earned a berth in the NCAA tournament (the Commodores played the first round in Tucson, as did Utah). Maloney, who is 6-foot-3, played in all 30 of Vanderbilt's games and averaged 4.1 points, 1.9 rebounds, 1.7 assists and 19 minutes per game. He scored in double figures three times - 12 against Mississippi State and Tennessee and 11 against Alabama.
According to Cravens, the Utes recruited Maloney "very heavily" last year. Playing for Haddonfield Memorial High (N.J.), Maloney averaged 21.6 points, six rebounds, six assists and three steals per game. Haddonfield won the state championship during Maloney's junior year and was runnerup the following year.