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May 16, 2014

Citadel transfer Van Scyoc joins Sycamores

Averaged 14.3 points last season, eligible in 2015-16

TERRE HAUTE — Indiana State's men's basketball program has been a winner every year under Greg Lansing, but it takes someone like Matt Van Scyoc -- who announced that he is transferring from The Citadel to ISU on Friday -- to send the message home.

When asked what appealed to him about the Sycamores, Van Scyoc -- a 6-6, 220 pound forward from Green Lake, Wis. -- said he liked the commitment the coaching made to him, but he also said he wanted to be part of an "established program that wins."

"When I made the decision, my friends immediately knew what Indiana State as. Whether it's because of Larry Bird or the tournament run [in 2011], it was a program that has a name to it. When I was at Citadel, my friends would ask where it's at? People already know about Indiana State," Van Scyoc said Friday.

ISU wants Van Scyoc to make sure the Sycamores stay that way. Van Scyoc will sit out next season per NCAA transfer rules, but when he becomes eligible during the 2015-16 season, he will be an option for the Sycamores at both forward spots.

"I think he can play a couple of positions. He's smart, he's a good passer and he's a face-up post player. He'll help us spread defenses because he's such a good shooter. He fills that need," Lansing said.

Van Scyoc averaged 14.3 points and shot 36.5 percent from 3-point range for the Bulldogs last season. He averaged 11.3 and shot 37.5 percent from long-range during his freshman campaign.

Van Scyoc (pronounced VAN SOYK) made Citadel history during his freshman season when he ranked in the top 10 in points, field goals, 3-point field goals, free throws and minutes.

"I really like what his [former] coach [Chuck Driesell] said. He's a very hard worker and a good teammate and we hold that in high regard," Lansing said.

Van Scyoc felt an immediate bond with ISU's coaching staff. He cited Lansing and associate head coach Lou Gudino as having an important role in creating a comfort zone for him.

"The number one thing I looked at was comfort with the coaching staff. Lansing and Gudino made me feel like I was a priority," said Van Scyoc, who told the Charleston (S.C.) Post and Gazette that his transfer choice was between ISU and College of Charleston.

"They knew me as a player, but they wanted to get to know me as a person. I liked that," Van Scyoc said.

Van Scyoc left the Citadel after he was accused of violating the school's honor code. Van Scyoc filed an appeal against the undisclosed violation, but lost it. At that point, he elected to transfer.

The Citadel's honor code states that "a cadet does not lie, cheat, or steal, nor tolerate those who do."

Despite the violation, Van Scyoc said his military school background gave his discipline. Lansing likes it too.

"To go to military school requires a lot of discipline, dedication and toughness. I admire anyone who has to go through that," Lansing said.

One thing The Citadel didn't do was win when Van Scyoc was there. The Bulldogs were 7-26 in each of the last two seasons.

"Winning seven games a year ... it gets difficult. I'm looking forward to getting to the tournament," Van Scyoc said.

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