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.
Two schools that are in the mix for Kentucky transfer Charles Matthews: Xavier and Michigan, per sources.
— Jeff Goodman (@GoodmanESPN) June 1, 2016
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.