Report: Michigan ‘in the mix’ for Kentucky transfer Charles Matthews

Dylan Burkhardt

According to multiple reports, Michigan is ‘in the mix’ for Kentucky transfer Charles Matthews. ESPN’s Jeff Goodman also reported that Xavier is another school involved in his recruitment.

Matthews was a one-time five-star recruit in high school who finished his career ranked 59th nationally according to 247Sports Composite. He played in every game during his freshman year at Kentucky, but saw limited minutes overall. Th 6-foot-6, 189 pound wing averaged just 1.7 points and 1.6 rebounds per game as a freshman.

The Chicago native would have to sit out this season due to NCAA transfer regulations before having three seasons of eligibility remaining. Michigan lost two wings from its roster this offseason to transfer and will lose Zak Irvin to graduation after next season.

Matthews would provide an immediate influx of athleticism on the wing for the Wolverines although he’s not necessarily a traditional fit for the position in Michigan’s offense given that he attempted only four three-pointers last season.

John Beilein has spoken several times this offseason about the need to add more athleticism and defensive ability to the roster — two areas where Matthews would certainly fit the bill.

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  • Chillax

    Wow! I’m not mad at this at all. What are his height and weight? A year for him to add more muscle. Not mad at this at all.

    • 6-6, 189lbs.

      • section13row15

        Is Bernard Robinson a good comparison? Minus the left hand of course…

  • bobohle

    We just can’t be out sold on an elite type to Xavier again.

    • Wayman Britt

      Exactly – no way should Xavier out recruit Michigan.

  • Corperryale

    This would be an amazing pickup. Hard to overstate — has so much potential.

  • Fab 5 Legends

    This would be a great transfer! Basic signing a 5-star high school recruit, with size/length and add a year to develop/learn Beilein system….this would not go wrong, barring injuries of course lol…put it this way the last 5-Star recruit was Mitch McGary if im not mistaken

    • Nick

      Kam Chatman I believe was a 5 star.

  • IG:Troy_Rob

    Yes glad we have him in the fold, but I wish he would’ve been able to play this upcoming year

    • Not in the fold — ‘in the mix’. Michigan and Xavier expected to get a visit.

      • Jon Sohn

        i saw some twitter reports yesterday it was a done deal, was that just wrong?

  • CJK5H

    Just like Kam Chatman didn’t thrive in JB’s system, Matthews didn’t thrive in Coach Cal’s system. But it doesn’t mean he can’t play. Maybe JB’s system will help Matthews fulfill his potential if he decides to transfer to Michigan. Stranger things have happened.

  • Fab 5 Legends

    Kam Chatman was a 4star recruit if im not mistaken….Mitch was the only 5star in Beilein era…this would be #2

    • Matthews was a four-star recruit when all was said and done. His composite ranking was around 70 I think. He was a 5-star early on in his HS career.

      • Fab 5 Legends

        oh ok thanks…for a second i thought we were getting a big time recruit (5-Star all american) who didnt live up to expectations at Kentucky (i dont remember him)….nevertheless i like his highlights…cant teach his size/athleticism….but Beilein can teach him to develop a shot….different style of player for Beilein to recruit…we always get good shooters…this guy looks like a good defender who can take it to the rack…hope we get him, he could very well be a starter after sitting out…

  • Fab 5 Legends

    he seems like a drive first/create player…rather than shoot which i like…Beliein recruits too many shooters…not that its a bad thing but if we are off we just cant get anything going….thats why i like Rahkman so much…creates a lot off the dribble…which opens it up for everyone else…and he has toughness…hope this kid from Chicago is tough too if he comes to Michigan…