Anthony Mathis still has a hard time believing he’s able to spend his final season of college basketball in his home state with an old teammate.

The senior guard scored nine points in 25 minutes during No. 15 Oregon’s season-opening 71-57 win over Fresno State on Tuesday.

“It’s kind of surreal, to be honest,” Mathis said. “I was thinking ‘Wait, is this really happening.’”

The 6-foot-4 Mathis thought his college career might be over after he averaged 14.4 points per game last year as a senior at New Mexico. He even went though senior night festivities with the Lobos before the NCAA approved his waiver for an extra year of eligibility in April.

Mathis joined the Ducks as a graduate transfer and reunited with senior point guard Payton Pritchard, his teammate at West Linn High School.

“We’ve played together our whole lives so this is pretty familiar,” Mathis said. “It is refreshing to play with my brother again.”

Mathis was raised by a single mother who moved to Wyoming when he was in seventh grade, but he elected to stay in West Linn and lived with Pritchard’s family.

“He’s like my brother,” Pritchard said. “My parents are his guardians so it’s a great way to cap off our college career.”

Mathis is one grade ahead of Pritchard as the two won a couple of state titles together at West Linn.

“If there are some gray areas, I ask him what I should do about this or what I should do here and he’s very straightforward,” Mathis said. “That makes the process a lot faster so I appreciate him doing that.”

Mathis was 4-for-6 from the field in his debut for the Ducks with Pritchard assisting on three of those field goals.

“They got a couple transition baskets between them passing back and forth to each other,” UO coach Dana Altman noted. “Payton did make a nice 3 for Anthony, but he didn’t hit it. There is some chemistry there because they have played together a lot, so that can’t hurt.”

Mathis started in the backcourt alongside Pritchard.

“It took me back to my high school days,” Mathis said. “Playing together and being able to talk on the court together, having some fun, smiling and jumping around.”

Mathis played four seasons at New Mexico, but was granted a fifth year of competition because he appeared in only 10 games while playing 64 minutes as a sophomore in 2016-17.

He averaged 12.7 points as a junior while shooting 47.3% on 3-pointers. Mathis attempted 462 3-pointers during his final two seasons with Lobos while shooting 44.2% behind the arc.

“He’s a sniper,” UO sophomore guard Will Richardson said. “The kid rarely misses and doesn’t miss any open shots. He really spreads the floor out and makes defenses expand and guard him. That opens up things for everyone else on the court.”

Mathis missed both his 3-point attempts in the opener, but made all four of his shots from inside the arc and his lone free throw attempt.

“Obviously growing up here and being able to play in my home state is something I’ve always dreamed about doing so I am super excited,” he said. “Hopefully I can come in here and make some shots, but at the end of the day, if we win then that’s all that matters to me.”