Former Michigan basketball guard Charles Matthews had a good chance at being selected in this month’s NBA Draft. However, those hopes appear to be much dimmer after Matthews suffered a major injury over the weekend.
Matthews tore his ACL during a workout with the Boston Celtics, according to Matthews’ agent Adam Pensack.
“He had a series of outstanding workouts lately and has helped himself. Charles will continue that momentum when he returns to action,” Pensack told ESPN. “As of now, we have interest in the second round as Charles is OK signing a two-way contract like Edmond Sumner did with the Indiana Pacers in 2017.”
Pensack is doing the best for his client by building Matthews up in a positive manner. ACL injuries are bound to scare some teams away, not wanting to commit a draft pick to a player that likely won’t be able to help them on the court next season. All it takes, however, is one team to believe in Matthews enough to draft him with the understanding that his road to the NBA will be more long and winding initially than most draftees.
Whether Matthews is drafted or not, as long as the surgery goes smooth and his recovery goes according to plan, we should be seeing Matthews getting playing time in the NBA at some point in the next two years. Matthews defensive prowess and offensive versatility should be able to carve him a supporting role in the NBA.
“Injuries are tough, but Charles is an extremely hard worker and will be back stronger than ever,” Pensack said.
It’s a good thing Matthews is an extremely hard worker, because that’s what it’s going to take during the rehab process, an abundance of hard work.