Former Michigan guard Charles Matthews has suffered a torn ACL while working out for the Boston Celtics. According to Johnathan Givony of ESPN, Matthews’ agent Adam Pensack revealed the news of the injury.
“Injuries are tough, but Charles is an extremely hard worker and will be back stronger than ever. 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.”
The 22-year-old Matthews averaged 12.2 points, five rebounds and 1.5 assists last season with Michigan. Widely considered one of the draft’s best defenders, there was a possibility he could have heard his name called in the second round of the NBA draft.
According to The Athletic’s Brendan Quinn, Charles Matthews had considered trying to return to Michigan for his final season. The deadline for players to return to college, however, has passed, and Charles has already signed with an agent.
While this is surely a tough blow for Matthews, there will always be a team willing to take a flyer on a defensive specialist. If he can grow his game more on the offensive end, he should one day be able to put this behind him when he carves out his role on an NBA team.