NBA draft prospect Charles Matthews tears ACL during workout with Celtics

By Jesse Reed
Steven Branscombe-USA TODAY Sports

Charles Matthews, a former Michigan Wolverine set to enter the 2019 NBA Draft, is expected miss most, if not all, of the 2019-20 NBA season after tearing his ACL.

ESPN’s Jonathan Givony passed along this brutal news after Matthews’ agent, Adam Pensack, spoke to him on Sunday.

“Injuries are tough, but Charles is an extremely hard worker and will be back stronger than ever,” Pensack told ESPN. “He had a series of outstanding workouts lately and has helped himself. Charles will continue that momentum when he returns to action. As of now, we have interest in the second round as Charles is OK signing a two-way contract like Edmond Sumner did with the Indiana Pacers in 2017.”

The injury occurred when Matthews was doing a pre-draft workout with the Boston Celtics.

Givony wrote that Matthews had been “garnering interest in the second round as one of the top defenders in the 2019 NBA draft class” after showing up well at the NBA combine.

Last season for the Wolverines, Matthews averaged 12.2 points, 5.0 rebounds, 1.2 assists and 1.1 steals per game.