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Tuesday / May 21.
  • Charles Matthews withdraws from NBA Draft, returns to Michigan

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    Michigan guard Charles Matthews will return for his junior season after having tested the NBA Draft waters this spring, the school announced Wednesday in a press release.

    “I am thankful for the assistance Coach [John] Beilein and the staff has given me in order to gain as much information as possible before making this decision. They showed great confidence and patience with me while I sorted this all out,” said Matthews in the release. “After much prayer and discussions with my family and the staff, I am excited to be returning to Michigan next year. I learned a lot throughout this process, but my main focus will now be completing my education at Michigan and leading my teammates to more success next season.”

    After sitting out the 2016-17 season following his transfer from Kentucky, Matthews averaged 13 points and 5.5 rebounds in 41 games last season. He was instrumental in Michigan’s 2018 postseason run.

    Matthews helped guide Michigan to its second consecutive Big Ten Tournament title as the Wolverines won four games in four days to claim the crown. Matthews then earned NCAA West Region Most Outstanding Player honors and was a key in U-M’s run to the 2018 Final Four and advancement to the national title game.

    “This process allows young men to gather so much valuable information and make the most informed decision they can,” said Michigan head coach John Beilein. “Charles has an incredible personality and confidence. His work habits and desire to reach his potential are terrific. He is more focused than ever to improve in all areas of his game. Like others before him, Charles will be a great senior leader for us and we are excited to have this opportunity to coach him again next season.”

    Michigan forward Moritz Wagner also tested NBA Draft waters, but ultimately decided to sign with an agent, ending his college eligibility.

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