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Jordan Poole, Charles Matthews declare for NBA Draft

Michigan announced today that Ignas Brazdeikis, Jordan Poole and Charles Matthews have all declared for the NBA Draft.

“Charles, Jordan and Iggy have all decided to take the next steps in pursuing their dreams of playing in the NBA,” said Beilein. “The new process is a unique experience and one that my staff and I will assist in every way we can. We want each of them to utilize this opportunity to get more feedback so they can make the best decision possible for themselves and their families. All three are remarkable young men with amazing futures in front on them.”

Under newly adopted NCAA rules, college players are allowed to retain the services of an agent during the evaluation process. If they choose to return to school, they must end the relationship with the agent and they will not lose any eligibility. Additionally, players can also now return to school after going undrafted without losing eligibility, but only if they have participated in the NBA combine.

“Many people have known about my desire to play professionally, and my family and I are blessed to begin that process again,” said Matthews. “After gaining so much valuable information last year, I am looking forward to taking that next step. Everyone at Michigan holds a special place in my heart, especially Coach Beilein and the staff. They have helped make this opportunity for me and my family, and I will always be thankful. The journey has only just begun.”

“The last two years here at Michigan have been amazing and filled with so many memories,” said Poole. “I’ve not only become a better player but a better individual. Being able to play in the NBA has always been my dream since I was young. I am confident that with my faith in God and hard work that I, and my family, are prepared to look at all options and make the right decision for the next step of my playing career.”

“It was an amazing year for me in Ann Arbor,” said Brazdeikis. “There are many things I still want to accomplish, and pursuing a professional career is just one of them. My family and I want to take full advantage of the opportunities to see where I fit in the NBA Draft. It’s an exciting time, and I just cannot wait to get started.”

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  1. meatblizzard

    Best of luck to all three. Can’t ever fault someone for trying to make the move up and getting paid.

    I’m sure Beilein and staff have a pretty good idea which of the three are definitely gone so they have a good idea about how many scholarships they have to recruit with in the next few months.

    Not trying to imply they are excited about any of the three leaving, but I think the silver lining is they have the opportunity to recruit some specific needs. That might be a stretch to say given the limited talented pool they’ll have to choose from, but Beilein has proven he has an ability to adapt to early departures and transfers.

  2. SuperDave41

    I wouldn’t get your hopes up too far. I like Eli. He hustles on D and seems like a good kid, but he’s never shown the ability to put the ball in the basket as a 2. He’s way undersized at 6’1 and he’s not an explosive athlete. He has clear physical limitation that are going to hold him back. There’s a large enough sample size, 68 games, that should give us a clear view of expectations for him. He averages 2.2 PPG over his 68 games. He shoots 27% from three and 35% overall for his career. We should expect him to be a hustle guy off the bench who can help spell X a bit.

  3. Voltron_Blue

    I like Ant but giving James Yoder a platform is a terrible decision. Yoder is a harmful parasite to the Michigan athletic program.

  4. umhoops

    Matthews is officially in the draft.

  5. adamsmit86

    Do you think NBA analysts will describe him as a Kentucky transfer?

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