As John Calipari constantly reminds us, Kentucky isn’t for everyone; in an interview with MLive.com’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.