Michigan adds Charles Matthews, Fred Wright-Jones to roster

Dylan Burkhardt

Michigan formally announced the addition of Kentucky transfer Charles Matthews and walk-on Fred Wright-Jones this afternoon.

The Wolverines also released their roster for the upcoming season, including new numbers, heights and weights.

  • #1 – Charles Matthews, 6-foot-5, 180 lbs
  • #3 – Xavier Simpson, 6-foot, 180 lbs
  • #14 – Fred Wright-Jones, 5-foot-11, 170 lbs
  • #15 – Jon Teske, 7-foot, 245 lbs
  • #23 – Ibi Watson, 6-foot-5, 185 lbs
  • #51 – Austin Davis, 6-foot-10, 240 lbs

“Charles has terrific potential at Michigan,” Michigan coach John Beilein said in a statement. “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.”

Matthews averaged 1.7 points and 1.6 rebounds per game at Kentucky last season, playing in every game for the Wildcats. He was a former top-50 recruit who averaged 21 points per game as a senior at St. Rita.

Matthews will have to sit out this season before having three years of eligibility in Ann Arbor.

“Michigan is a great opportunity for me to get a quality education, but Coach Beilein and the program has become well-known for developing guards,” said Matthews. “I really bonded with the coaching staff during our phone calls and especially on my visit here. 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.”

Fred Wright-Jones began last season as a team manager before being elevated to practice player during the season. He officially dressed for the home finale against Iowa, but did not play.

“Fred has been such a tireless worker for us as both as a manager and as a late roster addition last season,” added Beilein in a statement. “When we needed him to re-establish his role Fred didn’t hesitate. He has become a great teammate and a valuable addition to our team. Fred will help make us a better team every day in practice.”

Find the full press release at MGoBlue.