Matthews was regarded as one of the best defenders in the NBA Draft, expected to go somewhere in the second round after a nice showing at the NBA Draft Combine less than a month ago in Chicago. Overall, he was ranked at No. 60 in the top 100 prospects for the draft.
The junior sat out the 2016-2017 season after one season with the Kentucky Wildcats, as he transferred over to the Wolverines for the following year. After starting just three of the 36 games he appeared in for John Calipari's team, he ended up starting all of the 75 games he played in over his two seasons with Michigan. In those two seasons, he averaged 12.6 points and 5.3 rebounds, but he dealt with injuries near the end of last season, and then appeared in a limited role during the Wolverines' NCAA Tournament run. This is now the largest injury obstacle he has faced, which is sure to be a career-altering situation.