Matthews declares for NBA Draft without hiring agent
Written by Matt Pargoff   

Michigan got one year of Charles Matthews on the court and that might be where his story ends as a member of the Maize and Blue. On Friday, the program announced that Matthews has declared for the NBA Draft, but that he will not hire an agent in order to maintain his amateur status.

A year ago, both D.J. Wilson and Moritz Wagner went through this same process, with Wilson ultimately deciding to go pro and Wagner returning for one more seasons.

“After careful consideration with my parents and coaching staff, I am excited to announce that I will be declaring for the 2018 NBA Draft without hiring an agent,” said Matthews in a released statement. “I give thanks to the Lord for this amazing opportunity, as well as the entire University of Michigan for their support. Go Blue!”

As a redshirt sophomore guard last season, Matthews was the Wolverines’ second highest scorer, averaging 13 points per game. He had the second most rebounds on the team with 5.5 per game, and the third most assists of any player with 98, but also committed the most turnovers of any player with 84.

“We have loved the initiative and maturity Charles has shown during this early phase of the testing the NBA Draft process,” head coach John Beilein stated. “We have been, and will continue, to work closely with Charles and his family to gain as much information as possible in the weeks ahead.”

By declaring for the draft, Matthews will be eligible to participate in the NBA Draft Combine in Chicago from May 16-20, where he will get a chance to see where he stacks up and get feedback on his status. He will then have 10 days to reach a final decision on withdrawing from the draft to stay at Michigan or continuing on a path to the NBA. The draft will be held on June 21.


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