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Charles Matthews tears ACL in pre-draft workout

Former Michigan wing Charles Matthews suffered a torn ACL in a pre-draft workout with the Boston Celtics, per his agent.

Matthews had picked up notoriety as one of the best defenders in this year’s NBA Draft class and had been trending toward a second-round selection. He’s expected to miss “most or all of the 2019-20 season.”

His agent told that he’d be open to signing a two-way contract.

“Injuries are tough, but Charles is an extremely hard worker and will be back stronger than ever,” Pensack told ESPN. “He had a series of outstanding workouts lately and has helped himself. Charles will continue that momentum when he returns to action. 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.”

Matthews is one of three early entries that Michigan lost this offseason, joining Jordan Poole and Ignas Brazdeikis in the NBA Draft.

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  1. umhoops

    Just awful news for a kid who deserves better.

  2. adamsmit86

    Feel terrible for the kid. It was sounding like he had been having some good workouts too.

  3. YostsGhosts

    Could he return to school? Would Michigan be able to give him a scholarship and then medically retire so he can rehab with the UM Athletic medical staff? Wouldn’t impact Michigan’s roster next season, but it would do the kid a solid.

  4. umhoops

    Just awful news for a kid who did everything right. Put in work as a transfer, played his ass off for two years, went to class, played hurt. Really feel for him, especially because he had been playing well by most reports.

  5. eric_shap

    Wow. Terrible news. Feel really bad for Charles — just awful timing.

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