Marquette announced Sunday that Matthews, a highly touted
freshman forward, will not be returning to the school.
Matthews, who never saw action, was suspended after the season
opener in order to focus on academics. The 6-8 forward was
considered a prized recruit from Detroit and had been mentioned
as a possible starter.
"The best thing for James is to pursue his education and
basketball career at another institution," coach Tom Crean said.
"If he applies himself in the right way, he can be productive.
Our basketball program wishes him the best."
Matthews had a checkered high school career and was ineligible
his senior year at Detroit's Denby High School because he
reportedly did not attend classes his freshman year at a high
school in Los Angeles.