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Michigan Star Charles Matthews Expected To Enter NBA Draft

Michigan basketball star Charles Matthews.

SAN ANTONIO, TX - MARCH 31: Charles Matthews #1 of the Michigan Wolverines reacts after a basket in the second half against the Loyola Ramblers during the 2018 NCAA Men's Final Four Semifinal at the Alamodome on March 31, 2018 in San Antonio, Texas. (Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)

Last night, the Michigan Wolverines saw their championship dreams crushed by the Texas Tech Red Raiders. With the season officially over in Ann Arbor, it's time to start questioning whether or not Charles Matthews has played his final collegiate game.

Matthews averaged 12.2 points per game for the Wolverines this past season. His best game of this NCAA Tournament came in a 22-point effort against the Montana Grizzlies in the opening round.

Even though the Chicago native is going to graduate this spring, he played only three seasons for Michigan. This leaves the door open for a potential return to campus.

While another year of eligibility remains for Matthews, the latest prediction is that he'll enter the NBA Draft.

Following the loss to Texas Tech, head coach John Beilein spoke about Matthews potentially leaving Michigan.

From The Detroit News:

"We're very sad that his college career is ending," Beilein said. “But he will work his tail off to have a successful career going forward, and he'll have a big imprint on Michigan forever."

When later asked about the foundation of the program, Beilein said: “I think we've got everybody back and we'll see. You never know. You've got transfers, guys will look at the NBA, the same old thing. Charles will graduate, so we expect him to go pro. If we have everybody (else) back, it's in really good shape.”

It's very possible that Matthews declares for the draft without an agent - essentially keeping the chance to return to college on the table.

In addition to Matthews leaving for the professional ranks, the Wolverines will have to worry about star freshman Ignas Brazdeikis.

The next few weeks will most likely determine Michigan's status as contenders for 2019.

[The Detroit News]