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Report: Former Kentucky Guard Charles Matthews Transferring to Michigan

Michigan has added a former four-star recruit to its backcourt.

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Former Kentucky guard Charles Matthews is transferring to play in Ann Arbor, according to ESPN’s Jeff Goodman and other media reports.

Matthews stands at 6-foot-4, 190 pounds and was a former four-star recruit and 16th-ranked shooting guard in the class of 2015 for the Wildcats.

He will have to sit out this upcoming season due to the NCAA’s rules on incoming transfers that are undergraduate students. When he returns to the court, he will have three seasons of eligibility remaining.

His freshman season at Kentucky saw him play only around 10 minutes per game. did a profile on Matthews while he was still in high school:


-Good size for a wing. Measured 6-6 with shoes

-Very good athlete. Explosive. Can play above the rim with ease

-Good scoring instincts

-Solid perimeter shooter. Nice shooting mechanics and soft touch. Made 38% of his 3-point attempts at the Nike EYBL. Reliable with feet set

-Good in transition

-Very quick first step. Gets to the free throw line at a high rate

-Makes plays defensively thanks to physical tools. Can be outstanding here if he commits to it


-Inefficient scorer. 39% from 2-point range at Nike EYBL

-Average ball-handler. Rarely gets all the way to the basket in the half-court

-Settles too often for off-balance floaters and other low percentage shots inside the arc

-Needs to keep getting stronger, which should help him become a better finisher inside the paint

-Doesn't know how to use his body to create contact.

-Does not have a great wingspan (6-7 ½)

-Has an ugly looking stroke shooting off the dribble.

Outlook: Developing wing prospect with good physical attributes and a nice stroke from outside. Shows potential as a scorer, but must improve his ball-handling skills and pull-up jumper. Has nice upside to continue to develop long-term.

This story is developing.