As expected Moritz Wagner has officially earned an invite to the combine, probably so they can watch that behind-the-back thing in person a few more times:
— Michigan On BTN (@MichiganOnBTN) January 13, 2018
But after two more reports last week to this effect and one prior one saying the opposite, it’s now official that Charles Matthews will not be invited to the NBA combine.
Officially official: Charles Matthews not invited to NBA Combine. Moe Wagner is. https://t.co/taem17Xsne
— Josh Henschke (@JoshHenschke) May 7, 2018
So…is he coming back? Matthews did not sign with an agent and our expectation was that he was trying to get a feel for where he stands and maybe move up, but that another year at Michigan was the most likely outcome. This doesn’t change that math, except it’s a good indication the NBA doesn’t think he’s going to be a first round pick, since 60 players were invited. Matthews can still work out for teams and get feedback from the draft advisory committee, which feedback will almost certainly come before a decision is made.
Other players not invited include Wisconsin’s Ethan Happ, Trevon Bluiett (sigh) of Xavier, UNC’s Theo Pinson, Cincy’s Gary Clark, St. John’s guard Shamorie Ponds, Bonzie Colson of Notre Dame, and Nick Ward of Michigan State.