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Wildcat Quickies: Charles Matthews Edition

Charles Matthews salute. Every Willie Cauley-Stein dunk as rookie. NBA draft musings. What kind of super teams UK could have had. Rick Pitino responds to John Calipari. More.

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Charles Matthews was the first commitment of what turned out to be another loaded recruiting haul for John Calipari and co. in 2015.

Unfortunately for Charles, he ended up being one of the lower-ranked signees of that class and ended up struggling to even see the floor last year. Still, Matthews had his moments and at times gave the Cats a nice spark off the bench while helping UK win the SEC.

Though his days as a Cat are over, Matthews was still a fun player to watch give it his all to make an impact, whether is was one minute or 15 minutes. He seemed destined to become the kind of blue-collar worker that UK fans have adored, whether it was Chuck Hayes, DeAndre Liggins or Michael Kidd-Gilchrist. Matthews may have never reached the level those guys did, but he still would have made that kind of impact had he stayed.

Hopefully, Matthews will continue to blossom while he continues his career in Ann Arbor.

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Report: Kentucky's Charles Matthews transferring to Michigan - Detroit Free Press
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Rick Pitino on Calipari’s scandal jabs: "Mind your own business" - Kentucky Sports Radio
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