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Matt Cross

At UMass

  • Committed to UMass on 4/25/22.2) UMass made it official on 5/10.3)
  • Cross requested a waiver to the usual NCAA transfer rules after leaving Louisville, and it was granted, making him eligible to play for us in 2022-23.4)

Matt Cross final roster photo 2022-23Matt Cross off-season roster photo 2022-23

2022-23 Junior year

  • Sat out the season opener against CCSU (11/7) with a slight toe injury.5) Played in the next game vs Towson (11/10), logging 22 minutes off the bench, scoring 13 points.

Pre-UMass

Louisville (2021-22)

Matt Cross, Louisville, 2021-22

  • Announced his commitment to Louisville on 2/25/21.6) Louisville announced it officially in mid-March.7)
  • Double figure scorer in nine games in 2021-22, starting nine games for the Cardinals.
  • Third on the team in blocked shots with 14, including 11 in ACC games.
  • Produced his first career double-double against North Carolina on Feb. 1 with 13 points and a career-best 15 rebounds. Cross knocked down 3-of-5 three-pointers, his sixth game this season with multiple threes.
  • Made his first start of the season against DePaul (12/10), contributing 11 points and six rebounds. He added 13 points and five rebounds vs. Southeastern Louisiana (12/14), also in the starting lineup.
  • Contributed 13 points and a season-high seven rebounds at NC State (12/4), including a three-pointer with 28 seconds remaining to break the tie game.
  • Scored eight points and grabbed five rebounds vs. Maryland (11/27), including burying a three-pointer that pulled UofL from a three-point deficit late in the game.
  • Scored 14 points, making all four of his three-point attempts, to lead four Cardinals in double figures against Navy (11/15).
  • Totaled 15 points, five rebounds, two steals and a blocked shot against Southern (11/9) to tie for 13th in scoring for a UofL debut. Cross suffered a dislocated ring finger on his right hand, but returned to play with the finger taped.
  • Opted to transfer out of Louisville after they cut ties with head coach Chris Mack.

Miami FL (2020-21)

Matt Cross, Miami, 2020-21

  • Season did not count towards eligibility due to COVID-19 pandemic.
  • Appeared in the first 14 games, starting nine of them.
  • Averaged 6.9 points, 3.5 rebounds and 1.4 assists per game. Added 20 assists, 11 steals and seven blocked shots in the season.
  • Set Miami’s ACC-era freshman 3-point percentage record with a 40.0 clip on 20-of-50 shooting.
  • Twice shot 4-of-6 from deep to tie for the fifth-best single-game mark by a Hurricane freshman in the ACC era.
  • Against Clemson (1/2), logged the most assists (seven) in a game by a Miami freshman since Chris Lykes on 3/3/18.
  • Third Miami freshman in the ACC era to start the season opener (North Florida 11/29), including the first in seven years.
  • Scored in double figures four times, pulled down five-plus boards three times and reached five assists once.
  • Paced the Hurricanes in steals and blocks twice each, as well as points and assists once apiece.
  • Notched 10 points on 4-of-5 shooting to go along with seven rebounds and two blocks versus North Florida (11/29) in the opening game.
  • Scored 11 points on 5-of-7 shooting against Stetson (12/4).
  • Grabbed a season-high eight rebounds against Jacksonville (12/19).
  • Tallied 16 points, finishing 6-of-8 from the floor and 4-of-6 from deep, at No. 24/RV Virginia Tech (12/29). Also snared five rebounds and dished three assists.
  • Totaled nine points and a career-best seven assists in 31 minutes against Clemson (1/2). The seven dimes were the most for a Miami freshman in three years.
  • Scored nine points in a career-best 32 minutes in the win at NC State (1/9).
  • Posted 16 points in the win over No. 16/18 Louisville (1/16), shooting 4-of-6 on 3-pointers and 4-of-4 at the line. Also notched four rebounds and two assists.
  • Went scoreless in the games at Syracuse (1/19) and at home vs Notre Dame (1/24), shooting a combined 0-8 from the field.
  • Was a coach's decision DNP for the game at Florida State (1/27).
  • Miami announced the next day that Cross was no longer with the team.8)9)10)11) The Miami Herald reported “no serious disciplinary issues,” but no further explanation was given by the school.12)

Statistics

SeasonSchoolConfGGSMPMPGFGFGAFG%2P2PA2P%3P3PA3P%FTFTAFT%PTSPPGORBDRBTRBRPGASTSTLBLKTOVPFFO
2020-21Miami (FL)ACC14937026.43578.4491528.5362050.40078.875976.91534493.52011721220
2021-22LouisvilleACC28953719.256146.3843158.5342588.2842536.6941625.835731083.913171433560
CareerOverall421890721.691224.4064686.53545138.3263244.7272596.2501071573.733282154780

From Sports-Reference.com: Stats, Game Logs

Career highs

Through the 2021-22 season

UMassLouisvilleMiami (FL)
PointsTBD15 - vs Southern (11/9/21)16 - twice, last vs Louisville (1/16/21)
Field GoalsTBD6 - vs Southern (11/9/21)6 - at VA Tech (12/29/20)
Field Goals Att.TBD14 - at Virginia (1/24/22)9 - vs Jacksonville (12/19/20)
3-Point FGTBD4 - vs Navy (11/15/21)4 - twice, last vs Louisville (1/16/21)
3-Point FG Att.TBD8 - at Florida State (1/8/22)6 - twice, last vs Louisville (1/16/21)
Free ThrowsTBD4 - at NC State (12/4/21)4 - vs Louisville (1/16/21)
Free Throw Att.TBD6 - vs Boston College (1/19/22)4 - vs Louisville (1/16/21)
ReboundsTBD15 - vs UNC (OT, 2/1/22)8 - vs Jacksonville (12/19/20)
AssistsTBD2 - three times, last vs Boston College (1/19/22)7 - vs Clemson (1/2/21)
BlocksTBD2 - three times, last vs Notre Dame (1/22/22)2 - twice, last at Syracuse (1/19/21)
StealsTBD3 - vs UNC (OT, 2/1/22)2 - three times, last vs Louisville (1/16/21)
MinutesTBD39 - vs UNC (OT, 2/1/22)32 - at NC State (1/9/21)

Current highs available at RealGM.com

High/Prep school

  • Averaged 18.6 points, 10.0 rebounds and 3.0 assists per game as a senior in helping Brewster Academy in Wolfeboro, N.H. achieve a 37-3 record, a 2019-20 NEPSAC runner-up finish and a National Prep Championship title.
  • Ranked among the top 100 high school student-athletes in his 2020 recruiting class, including No. 86 in the ESPN 100, No. 93 in the 247Sports composite rankings, and No. 99 by Rivals.com.
  • Earned first team All-NEPSAC Class AAA honors.
  • Averaged 13 points, eight rebounds and five assists per game as a junior at Woodstock (Conn.) Academy, helping his team to a conference title. Played for coach Tony Bergeron, who went on to assistant coach at UMass in 2019-20 and 2020-21.13)14) Played with Noah Fernandes, TJ Weeks, Tre Mitchell, Ronnie DeGray, and Preston Santos.15)
  • Received an offer from Frank Martin and staff at South Carolina. Also received offers from Florida, Butler, Iowa, Indiana, and Texas A&M.

Personal

  • Matthew Jacob Cross, born Feb. 21, 2001.
  • Son of Jim and Cyndi Cross. Has an older brother, Nick, and an older sister, Jess.
  • His father played basketball at Salem (Mass.) State and his brother played basketball at Florida Gulf Coast.
  • Majored in sport administration at Louisville.
  • Wears uniform number 33 because Hall of Famer Larry Bird also wore that number. Larry Bird and Ray Lewis have had the greatest influence on his athletic career.16)
  • Best moment of his athletic career to date (written in 2021) was scoring the game-winning basket with three seconds remaining at TD Garden in the semifinals of the Massachusetts Division 4 state semifinal for St. Mary’s High School in Lynn, Mass.
  • Suffered a compound fracture in his right leg playing football in high school on Dec. 16, 2016 as a ninth-grader playing for St. Mary’s in the 2016 Division 3A Super Bowl at Gillette Stadium and lost about a year of competition, missing his ninth grade season of basketball.
  • When playing basketball as a kid, he pretended he was always hitting the game-winning shot.17)
  • Enjoys playing video games, watching movies and listening to music in his spare time.
  • Feels Jack Nicholson would be the best actor to play him in a movie.18)
  • Would most like to meet Marcus Luttrell.19)

Favorites

Per his Louisville bio

  • Basketball Player: Larry Bird
  • NBA Team: no particular team
  • Athlete, other than a basketball player: Ray Lewis, Rob Gronkowski
  • Movies: Lone Survivor, American Sniper, Forrest Gump, Wolf of Wall Street
  • TV Shows: Game of Thrones, Naruto
  • Actor: Leonardo DiCaprio
  • Website: YouTube
  • Instagram Follow: @margotrobbie
  • Musical Group/Singer: George Strait, Rod Wave
  • TV Sports Personality: Marshawn Lynch
  • Food: breakfast
  • Midnight Snack: oatmeal
  • Vacation Spot: Bahamas
matt_cross.txt · Last modified: 2023/01/27 16:29 by mikeuma