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Report: Former UK guard Charles Matthews transferring to Michigan

Kentucky guard Charles Matthews (4) pulled down an offensive rebound as Kentucky defeated Arizona State 72-58 on Dec. 11, 2015, in Lexington.
Kentucky guard Charles Matthews (4) pulled down an offensive rebound as Kentucky defeated Arizona State 72-58 on Dec. 11, 2015, in Lexington. mcornelison@herald-leader.com

ESPN college basketball insider Jeff Goodman tweeted Monday night that “Kentucky transfer Charles Matthews is headed to Michigan, source told ESPN.”

Matthews, a 6-foot-6, 189-pound guard from Chicago, announced on May 18 that he was leaving Kentucky.

“I believe he is going to be a productive college player who has the ability to play at the next level,” UK Coach John Calipari said last month. “I know Charles’ best basketball is ahead of him, and while I’m saddened to see him go, I support his decision and will help in any way I can.”

Matthews played in 36 games this season for the Cats, earning 10.3 minutes per game. He averaged 1.7 points on 23-for-52 shooting (44.2 percent) and 1.6 rebounds.

“I want to thank the coaches, my teammates and the Big Blue Nation for all their support this season,” Matthews said last month of his decision. “I gained great experience during my freshman year at Kentucky. This was a difficult decision for me, but at the end of the day, I felt like it was in my best interest to explore other options.”

He is expected to have three years of eligibility remaining after sitting out the 2016-17 season, per college basketball transfer rules.

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