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Charles Matthews opens up about his decision to leave Kentucky

(Christopher Hanewinckel-USA TODAY Sports)

(Christopher Hanewinckel-USA TODAY Sports)

(Christopher Hanewinckel-USA TODAY Sports)

As John Calipari constantly reminds us, Kentucky isn’t for everyone; in an interview with’s Brendan Quinn, former Cat Charles Matthews admitted as much. Matthews transferred to Michigan last year and from the sounds of it, has spent some time this season reflecting on why his freshman year in Lexington didn’t work. Matthews admits that he left Kentucky because he was frustrated he wasn’t on the same track as other one-and-dones that have come through the program.

It wasn’t until his freshman year at Kentucky ended that Matthews realized he’d been profoundly naive.

“That was a thing I had to come to reality with,” Matthews said, leaning over the desk, elbows on the table, nodding. “Everybody’s journey is different. I thought everything I did in high school would translate. It doesn’t work like that, not for everybody.”

Matthews is careful to point out that he didn’t leave Kentucky because he was bitter over not getting enough playing time — as the article notes, he played double-digit minutes in 19 games last year — rather, he was frustrated with himself for not being on the same level as his peers, which made him realize it was time to reboot.

Thoughtful stuff here from a former Cat, so go check it out.

[Humbled at Kentucky, Charles Matthews waits for second act at Michigan]

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3 Comments for Charles Matthews opens up about his decision to leave Kentucky

  1. Jiminy Crickets
    5:20 pm February 6, 2017 Permalink

    This is the real downside on the One and done recruiting style. Guys like Lee, Wiltjer, Matthews, Aaron Harrison, and Dakari Johnson were all guys that needed to stay, but once you realize youre not on the same path, and knowing you will be recruited over is the reason why Calipari cant get “guys to stay 4 years”. I fear Briscoe will follow the Harrision, johnson route and go to NBA even though its unlikely to be successful, and SKJ to follow the Matthews, Wiltjer, and Lee route.
    Matthews was never going to be a star, but had “great college player” written all over him, but he had to have known that another 5-star stud would be coming in, and he would be relegated to Willis/Hawkins type of role player.

    • nagnuggts
      6:45 pm February 6, 2017 Permalink

      you are 100% correct. we will never have guys stay for 4 years. unless they are a kentucky kid or a walk-on

    • unbridled
      10:30 pm February 6, 2017 Permalink

      I think briscoe will transfer next season and the best of luck to him.