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UM hoops lands Kentucky transfer Matthews

Tony Paul
The Detroit News
Charles Matthews of the Wildcats shoots the ball against the Bulldogs at Rupp Arena in Lexington, Kentucky.

After an offseason of one player after another leaving Michigan, the Wolverines appear to actually be welcoming one aboard.

Charles Matthews, a 6-foot-6, 189-pound guard, is transferring from Kentucky to Michigan, ESPN's Jeff Goodman reported Monday night. A UM spokesman would not confirm the transfer to The News.

Matthews, out of St. Rita High School in Chicago, played in all 36 games as a freshman for Kentucky this past season, with three starts. He chose Kentucky over Michigan State.

He would have three years of eligibility remaining at Michigan, but would have to sit out the 2016-17 season, per NCAA transfer rules.

Matthews shot 44.2 percent in limited minutes, averaging 1.7 points and 1.6 rebounds.

He was ranked the No. 12 shooting guard for the high school class of 2015, according to ESPN 's rankings.

By the time Matthews were to suit up for Michigan in game action, the Wolverines will have said goodbye to shooters Zak Irvin and Derrick Walton Jr., who are entering their senior seasons.

Michigan coach John Beilein still has at least one scholarship he is considering using for the coming season, possibly on a graduate transfer.

The Wolverines lost Spike Albrecht (Purdue), Aubrey Dawkins (Central Florida), Ricky Doyle (Florida Gulf Coast) and Kameron Chatman (Detroit) to transfers this offseason.

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