NBA draft prospect Charles Matthews tears ACL during Celtics workout

Gabby Guerard
June 10, 2019 - 6:41 pm

The Celtics have hosted a number players for pre-draft workouts recently, but none ended quite like Michigan's Charles Matthews', as the guard tore his ACL.

Matthews’ agent Adam Pensack confirmed the injury to ESPN on Sunday, and said that the 22-year-old’s knee surgery will take place in his hometown of Chicago. The timeline of Matthews’ recovery process will be given following his surgery, though he could miss most of the 2019-20 season.

“Injuries are tough, but Charles is an extremely hard worker and will be back stronger than ever,” said Pensack to ESPN. “He had a series of outstanding workouts lately and has helped himself. Charles will continue that momentum when he returns to action.”

Matthews was a possible second-round selection, as many believed he was one of the top defenders in this year’s NBA draft class. Even with the injury, Matthews reportedly hopes that will not change.

“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,” continued Pensack.

In his junior year at Michigan, Matthews averaged 12.2 points and five rebounds per game. The 6-foot-6, 205-pound guard also helped lead Michigan to the 2018 NCAA Tournament Championship against Villanova, where the Wildcats defeated the Wolverines, 79-62.

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