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Video & Quotes: Charles Matthews updates draft process after Nuggets workout

Charles Matthews worked out for the Denver Nuggets today as he continued his process of testing the NBA Draft waters.

Charles Matthews worked out for the Denver Nuggets today as he continued his process of testing the NBA Draft waters.

Matthews has until May 30th to decide whether he’ll return to Michigan on remain in the NBA Draft. Matthews wasn’t invited to the NBA Draft Combine and is not projected in the ESPN’s latest mock draft.

He discussed the evaluation process with reporters after the workout.

On his relationship with Gary Harris: “Michigan State recruited me out of high school so it was good to see him. (We’ve stayed in touch) through social media, but I haven’t seen him face-to-face in a while.

On any advice that Gary Harris gave him: “Really just make the best decision for my family and myself and be all in with whatever I choose to do.”

On what he hopes to gain from the process:  “Really just trying to wear all my options out. Basically go through all of the workouts that I have scheduled and just reconcile with my family and do what we feel is best.

On the feedback from workouts: “It has been really good, especially if I do come back to school. Get some good experience to know what this process is like. If I choose to stay in, raise my confidence overall.”

On the postseason run: “It was a surreal feeling. That’s a once in a lifetime opportunity. No we didn’t win the championship, but just making it that far to the big stage we were blessed to be there. That’s when I felt ready to make that jump, just going through the whole tournament and making it that far.”

On being recruited by Michigan State: “I was going there. Yeah, I was going there, but then you know ‘Big Bad Cal’ came in the picture. It’s hard to say no to Kentucky. But yeah, I was actually going to Michigan State.”

Video and photo via Nuggets.

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  1. umhoops

    Well the primary reason is to workout for NBA teams and gather feedback. The reason he declared in the first place.

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  3. UofMJBfan

    Quote from CM…

    “Really they just see that I’m an NBA athlete,” Matthews said. “I’m a guy that can come in and guard and defend multiple positions and create my own shot as well. That translates to the NBA as well.”

  4. silverblue

    And he’s right. He is an NBA athlete. He can defend multiple positions, and he can create his own shot, but he DOES need to improve on that, especially from three, and he needs to continue to work to find open teammates when he takes into the lane. An improved handle in general would help, too. BUT, while he’s right in everything he said, will they DRAFT him this year? To me that is the multi million dollar question, pun intended.

    Even if he would be drafted in the second round there is no guarantee he would make the team that drafted him, or an NBA team at all, and I truly believe next year, if he works on those things they tell him to work on, he will be a first round draft choice and perhaps a high first rounder in the top 15 or 20. And THAT would come with a guarantee. Of course it IS his choice with the advice of advisers like his parents, our coaching staff, NBA execs and others he trusts. I hope they advise him well. As always, I wish him only the best.

  5. slyboogie2

    Charles will be back , that much I’m sure of. He will get another year with the best developer in college hoops and have a monster year and Michigan may just 3peat with Huerter and Jackson gone. Another deep run and with his elite nba athleticism he goes top 20

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