Marcus Fuller | Star Tribune
Reporter | Gophers basketball

Marcus Fuller joined the Star Tribune in 2016 after 11 years covering Gophers sports – and just about every other team and league in town -- for the St. Paul Pioneer Press. Before making the Twin Cities his home, Marcus spent two years in The Kansas City Star sports department. Marcus grew up in Hawaii and is a 2002 graduate of San Jose State.


Can transfers lead an instant turnaround for Pitino's Gophers?

Coach Richard Pitino had a different sales pitch for each of the three players who chose the Gophers men's basketball team this spring.


Less buzz means 'no pressure' for Gophers softball team entering NCAA tournament

The Big Ten tournament champions are in a familiar spot: unseeded and traveling cross-country to another tough regional. The Gophers open play Friday night vs. Texas in Seattle.


Whalen's juggling act a success so far

The Lynx guard is also focused on recruiting for her Gophers women's basketball program. "I don't know who could turn down the opportunity to play with Lindsay," recruit Sara Scalia of Stillwater said.


Gophers get commitment from four-star Illinois defensive end

Jason Bargy is the highest-rated recruit to commit to Minnesota since Carter Coughlin. The team also received a verbal commitment from a junior college linebacker.


Point Guard U? Whalen adds Top 100-ranked guard to Gophers

Mercedes Staples had committed to Clemson, but the point guard from Utah reopened her college search after the head coach was fired and chose Minnesota.


Final Four test: Gophers to play Oklahoma St. at U.S. Bank Stadium

Oklahoma State is a perennial Big 12 contender, winning 20 or more games seven times in the past 10 seasons.


Second opinion: Murphy looked into NBA, decided to return to Gophers

An advisory committee can help steer borderline NBA prospects toward the draft or back to school. Richard Pitino is glad power forward Jordan Murphy is returning this fall.


Don't expect Gophers football recruit Bateman to leave anytime soon

Row The Boat and Ink That Arm: Incoming wide receiver Rashod Bateman got his coach's favorite saying tattooed on his arm.


Whalen lands her first Gophers recruit in Stillwater's Scalia

Sara Scalia, a 5-10 guard, averaged 26.5 points, 5.0 rebounds, 3.3 assists and 3.8 steals this season for the 17-11 Ponies.


Transfers, coaching departures put Pitino on speeded-up search to fill openings

The Gophers are one assistant coach and two players short of a full roster after offseason changes and a turbulent April recruiting season.