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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. 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.

  3. 93grad

    I feel just awful for Charles. He’s such a good dude and seemed to be helping his draft stock until this. Terrible.

  4. njosey

    My stomach hit the floor when I read this! A humble kid who has worked his butt off but hopefully he will follow the trajectory of LeVert, use the rehab time to get stronger and work his way into the league!

  5. beanman

    Yeah, I would have to think it’s common or expected practice for the agent to set up insurance against injury as soon as they sign with the agency. Too risky to work out for teams and see something like this happen.

    Personally, I just feel bad for Charles. He always seemed to give everything to UM basketball - one of the guys you feel proud was part of the program. Was really rooting for him to make his mark as a defensive specialist. Seeing what kind of character he has, I know he’ll crush rehab/recovery and be back on the court soon.

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