Matthews returning to U-M after testing NBA waters
Written by Matt Pargoff   

 

Charles Matthews has removed his name from consideration for the 2018 NBA Draft, announcing on Wednesday afternoon that he will return to Michigan for his redshirt junior year.

“I am thankful for the assistance Coach Beilein and the staff have given me in order to gain as much information as possible before making this decision. They showed great confidence and patience with me while I sorted this all out,” Matthews said in a released statement. “After much prayer and discussions with my family and the staff, I am excited to be returning to Michigan next year. I learned a lot throughout this process, but my main focus will now be completing my education at Michigan and leading my teammates to more success next season.”

Matthews started his college career at Kentucky, transferring to Michigan after one season with the Wildcats. Forced to sit out the 2016-17 season due to transfer rules, he made his debut as a member of the Wolverines last fall.

On the season, Matthews was Michigan’s second leading scorer with 13.0 points per game, also averaging a second best 5.5 rebounds per outing. Following the season, he declared for the NBA Draft, but did not hire an agent, giving him the opportunity to return pending evaluation of where he would land.

“This process allows young men to gather so much valuable information and make the most informed decision they can,” said head coach John Beilein. “Charles has an incredible personality and confidence. His work habits and desire to reach his potential are terrific. He is more focused than ever to improve in all areas of his game. Like others before him, Charles will be a great senior leader for us and we are excited to have this opportunity to coach him again next season.”

 

 
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