Michigan officially announces Charles Matthews, walk-on Fred Wright-Jones added to 2016-17 roster

The Michigan basketball program officially announced the addition of Kentucky transfer Charles Matthews on Friday.

The Michigan basketball program officially announced the addition of Kentucky transfer Charles Matthews as well as adding Fred Wright-Jones to the 2016-2017 roster on Friday.

"Charles has terrific potential at Michigan," said Michigan head coach John Beilein in a statement. "He has great length, athleticism, scoring ability and a desire to play defense. He has the versatility to play small forward or guard and defend any of those positions. With this redshirt year, Charles will be working a great deal on skill development as well as gaining weight and building his strength. Charles has a very bright future, and we are excited to work with him."

"Fred has been such a tireless worker for us as both as a manager and as a late roster addition last season," added Beilein. "When we needed him to re-establish his role Fred didn't hesitate. He has become a great teammate and a valuable addition to our team. Fred will help make us a better team every day in practice."

Despite playing in every game for the Wildcats last season, Matthews did not see much production on the basketball court as a result. Averaging just under two points and two rebounds a game, Matthews says that Beilein's development of guards was a major factor in his decision to transfer to U-M.

"Michigan is a great opportunity for me to get a quality education, but Coach Beilein and the program has become well-known for developing guards," said Matthews. "I really bonded with the coaching staff during our phone calls and especially on my visit here. Having this next year to develop not only my game but my overall strength is something I want to take full advantage of. I want to learn the offense and should be a seasoned vet so when it is my time to step on the floor, I will be ready."

Matthews will be eligible to play in the 2017-18 season due to NCAA transfer rules.

Wright-Jones, a former team manager for the Wolverines, was made a full-time practice player last season due to injuries to both Caris LeVert and Spike Albrecht. He will be added to the roster this season.

"I'm just so thankful that I was given the opportunity to be a part of the Michigan basketball tradition," said Wright-Jones. "I knew that my hard work would payoff eventually. Now, I'm just ready to contribute to the team in any way that I can."


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