• Ben Hall

Lipscomb guard Garrison Mathews signs two-way contract with the Washington Wizards

After an outstanding career at Lipscomb, Garrison Mathews signed a two way contract with the Washington Wizards.

“It’s an incredible feeling, it’s not something I take for granted or something that I am complacent with,” Mathews said. “I am going to continue to work at being the best player I can be and to help my team out to the best of my ability.”

Mathews is a 6’7 guard from Franklin, Tennessee. He attended Franklin High School and was a standout player there. Being able to represent his hometown means a lot to him.

“It means a lot because there are so many people from Franklin that have pushed me to be the best I can be and helped turn me into the person I am today so it would mean a great deal to me to be able to represent those people,” Mathews said.

Since his freshman year at Lipscomb, Mathews was getting on the court and playing important minutes for the Bison. 

“Lipscomb has developed my game a ton,” Mathews said. “I came in being an average player and turned in to almost scoring 2500 points over my career and I wouldn’t have been able to do it without those people at Lipscomb and my trainer Jordan Romine.”

As a freshman, Mathews averaged 10.9 points and 3.4 rebounds in 20.8 minutes per game. He was a 2016 ASUN All-Freshman team selection.

In his sophomore season, he stepped his game up. He averaged 20.4 points, 5.6 rebounds, and 2.3 assists in 31.3 minutes per game. He was named to the 2017 NABC First-Team All-District and 2017 ASUN First-Team All-Conference. He also became the fastest player to reach 1,000 points in the NCAA Division I era.

His junior season was a very impressive one as well. He averaged 21.7 points and 5.5 rebounds in 30.4 minutes per game. He was named to 2018 ASUN First-Team All Conference. He led the Bison to their first ever NCAA Tournament after winning their conference championship. In the NCAA Tournament they lost to North Carolina 84-66.

“It was awesome just being able to do it for the school that has done so much for me and I am happy that it got Lipscomb the exposure that they deserve,” Mathews said. 

Heading into his senior season, there were very high expectations for Mathews because of the career he was having. Mathews met the expectations. He averaged 20.8 points and 5.5 rebounds in 30.1 minutes per game. He was named to 2019 ASUN First-Team All Conference and 2019 ASUN Player of the Year. He led Lipscomb to an NIT Championship against Texas. They defeated Davidson, UNC Greensboro, NC State, and Wichita State. Although they did lose 81-66 in the championship, Lipscomb still surprised many people with such a successful season.

As a senior, Mathews becomes Lipscomb's All Time Leading Scorer at the Division 1 level. He finished his career with 2,478 points.

Mathews won many awards while at Lipscomb and was named to many different teams. But these awards and selections were not as important to him as winning with the team.

“I mean obviously I am glad I have those accomplishments but it wasn’t about those awards that defined my career,” Mathews said. “I was more happy about winning a championship my junior year and making it to the NIT championship my senior year.”

Mathews will play in the MGM Resorts NBA Summer League and will have the chance to prove himself while playing against other experienced players.

Larry Mccormack / Tennessean.com