Report: Former Kentucky guard Matthews will transfer to Michigan

Monday, June 20, 2016 - 10:18pm

After losing four players as transfers this offseason, the Michigan men’s basketball team finally has some movement in the other direction.

According to ESPN's Jeff Goodman on Monday night, former Kentucky guard Charles Matthews — who received his release from coach John Calipari in May — will transfer to Michigan. Matthews will sit out the 2016-17 season per NCAA transfer rules and will have three years of eligibility remaining.

The announcement comes just over a week after Matthews reportedly visited Ann Arbor the weekend of June 11, per CBS Sports. A number of other schools were rumored to be interested in the former Wildcat, including Xavier, which hosted Matthews on a visit this past weekend.

A 6-foot-6 shooting guard who was a top-50 recruit in 2015, Matthews should join incoming freshman guard Ibi Watson in providing depth for the Wolverines at the ‘2’ and ‘3’ positions in the future. After losing Caris LeVert to graduation and Aubrey Dawkins as a transfer to Central Florida, Michigan was in dire need of capable bodies to put behind its returning starters, junior guard Muhammad-Ali Abdur-Rahkman and redshirt junior guard Duncan Robinson.

Matthews appeared in all 36 games as a freshman for the Wildcats last season, making three starts, but fellow freshmen Isaiah Briscoe and Jamal Murray took the bulk of the playing time. As a result, Matthews averaged just 1.7 points and 1.6 rebounds in 10.3 minutes per game.