Michigan officially lands Kentucky transfer Charles Matthews
Shooting guard Charles Matthews has officially transferred to Michigan.
The news was originally reported by ESPN’s Jeff Goodman two weeks ago, but did not become official until Friday afternoon. Matthews will sit out the 2016-17 season, per NCAA transfer rules.
“Charles has terrific potential at Michigan,” Michigan coach John Beilein said in a press release. “He has great length, athleticism, scoring ability and a desire to play defense. He has the versatility to play small forward or guard and defend any of those positions. With this redshirt year, Charles will be working a great deal on skill development as well as gaining weight and building his strength. Charles has a very bright future, and we are excited to work with him.”
A former 4-star recruit out of St. Rita High School (Chicago), Matthews averaged only 10.3 minutes per game during his freshman season in Lexington, Ky. He was rated as the No. 59 player nationally in the Class of 2015 and chose the Wildcats over notable programs Arizona, UConn, Illinois, Kansas, Marquette, Michigan State and Ohio State. Matthews did not receive an offer from Michigan during his recruitment.
“I really bonded with the coaching staff during our phone calls and especially on my visit here,” Matthews said in the release. “Having this next year to develop not only my game but my overall strength is something I want to take full advantage of. I want to learn the offense and should be a seasoned vet so when it is my time to step on the floor, I will be ready.”
Michigan also announced the promotion of former team manager Fred Wright-Jones as a walk-on. Wright-Jones became a full-time practice player last season and dressed for Michigan’s home finale.