Report: Charles Matthews sets Michigan visit

Dylan Burkhardt

According to a report by CBS Sports, Kentucky transfer Charles Matthews will visit Michigan next weekend.

The 6-foot-6 wing guard will also visit Xavier, reportedly on June 16th and 17th. The Wolverines and Musketeers are regarded as a primary options for his services.

Matthews will have to sit out next season due to NCAA transfer rules, but will have three years of eligibility remaining starting in 2017-18.

Matthews is a former top-60 recruit from St. Rita High School in Chicago. He played limited minutes for Kentucky as a freshman, but was widely regarded as a plus-athlete and defender.

Wildcats fans regarded him as a potential defensive stopper in the mold of a DeAndre Liggins and Kentucky coach John Calipari was sad to see Matthews go

“I know Charles’ best basketball is ahead of him,” Calipari said. “And while I’m saddened to see him go, I support his decision and will help in any way I can.”



  • NorthernBlue

    Great news. I am guessing they would try to mold him into a better defending GR3 here to step in for Zak once he graduates. Xavier is becoming a hot program now though, so hopefully JB can pull this one out. Love the shift to a more defensive philsophy.

    • bobohle

      We can’t lose another recruit to Xavier

      • Wayman Britt

        Yes, losing recruits to Xavier and then getting beaten by Xavier is not a good direction to follow.

      • Just curious… Where does this “lose another recruit to Xavier” narrative come from? I assume you are referring to Trevon Bluiett? Is there something beyond that I’m not thinking of?

        • Breeze

          Not sure if he is referring to Brad Redford and Jalen Reynolds perhaps, those are a couple I can think of? Redford would of one of Beileins 1st recruiting classes I think, the one with Novak and Douglas, so I’m not real sure you can count that one.

          • jblair52

            …and you can’t count Jalen Reynolds considering his off-court issues.

        • bobohle

          I was mainly referring to Bluiett. Michigan shouldn’t be losing any serious recruits to Xavier. I think this will start changing with Saddi Washington on board.

  • OctopusJoe

    For the sake of his professional (Europe if no NBA) aspirations as a basketball player, he should probably come here. His jumper is said to be the weakest part of his game and Beilein + staff seem to do a good job with that. Other than that he sounds like a useful 3+D guy, so yeah, he should come here.

    This is also how I feel about rim-running and rim-protecting 5s who have the speed to trap picks, though Beilein never recruits them and our D might be changing in a way that reduces the need for speed (though rim protection will still be key).

  • bobohle

    Maybe he can bring along 5th year transfer Jordan Matthews from Cal if he is still undecided.