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Former Wildcat Charles Matthews Tears ACL in Draft Workout


(Christopher Hanewinckel-USA TODAY Sports)

Former Kentucky Wildcat and Michigan Wolverine Charles Matthews unfortunately tore his ACL at a draft workout with the Boston Celtics as reported by his agent Adam Pensack.

Obviously, this is one of the worst things that can happen to prospects as they prepare for the NBA Draft. Matthews was widely considered to be a late second round selection. However, in recent weeks his stock rose a bit as many scouts consider Matthews to be one of the top defenders in this year’s draft.

With this news, it would not be surprising at all if the 22-year old is not drafted at all now. His agent still remains optimistic that Matthews will still be selected as the former Michigan star impressed NBA teams considerably at the combine and in private workouts.

Matthews averaged 12.2 points and 5 rebounds per game last season for the Wolverines. He spent three seasons with Michigan after spending his freshman season in Lexington where he played 36 games but averaged just ten minutes per outing.

Hopefully, this promising athlete will still have his dream of getting selected in the NBA Draft fulfilled on June 2oth. Prayers up for Charles!

Article written by John Reecer

5 responses to “Former Wildcat Charles Matthews Tears ACL in Draft Workout”

  1. lribookend

    Horrible news. Prayers are with you!
    Injuries are the worst side of sports. Athletes work so hard to succeed, but then an injury puts their future on hold. I hate to see ANY athlete get injured, especially someone who has a connection to UK.

  2. Smyrna_Cat

    Man, that is terrible. Hate to see this happen to anyone. Hope he recovers quickly.

  3. Carcrook

    Bad deal! Could he have gone back to school if he didn’t sign w/an agent? I know he exhausted his 4 yrs of eligibility, just a bad financial situation, for the former CAT! Prayers up!

  4. makeitstop

    First of all, terrible break for the kid, it’s disappointing
    and rehab sucks and it’s the very last minute… but ACL’s aren’t career ending anymore. It does mean whoever signs him won’t have him available for rookie camps and summer leagues and basically he’s set by a year, so it’s a real investment, and I hv to imagine that drops his stock a little. My question to KSR would be: is he covered by an insurance Policy like we hv on some of our kids and does the school pay? Did he leave school and void it or does it follow him bc it’s paid for the year? Or bc he’s on the pro team’s dime at the workout do they cover it? I always wondered where the risk falls here bc I’m surprised it doesn’t happen more. Love to see some reporting on that.

  5. BlueWildcat_99

    Terrible news! Charles seems like a good kid, I hate that this happened to him. I’m sure he’s going to bounce right back from this and will get his shot. Why is it though whenever something bad happens people always bring their prayers? Prayer has been tested in dozens of studies; it works at the rate of chance. Keeping someone in your thoughts and providing advice/encouragement is the best we can do. Enough with prayers to the magical man in the sky.