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Minnesota Mr. Basketball McKinley Wright commits to Colorado

Former Dayton recruit and Champlin Park senior point guard McKinley Wright announced his commitment to Colorado on Friday.

Pitino offers 2018 scholarship to Pennsylvania power forward

Four-star forward Jake Forrester from Harrisburg, Pa. says he received a scholarship offer from the Gophers on Monday

Apple Valley's Tre Jones says 'great to see' Gophers making major strides

Apple Valley 2018 standout Tre Jones talked Gophers facilities and recruiting during his big opening AAU weekend with Howard Pulley at Nike EYBL in Hampton, Va.

Gophers commit Oturu, other targets start AAU league play Friday

Gophers commit Daniel Oturu starts Nike EYBL season Friday in Hampton, Va.; Richard Pitino and staff begin the open recruiting period.

Gophers recruits Washington, Harris shine at Jordan Classic

Team Clutch''s Isaiah Washington #2 warms up against Team Drive in the Under Armour Elite 24 game on Saturday, August 20, 2016 in Brooklyn, NY. (AP Photo/Gregory Payan)

Future Gophers teammates Isaiah Washington and Jamir Harris played one another Friday in the Jordan Classic regional game in Washington D.C.

Amir Coffey on sister Nia taken No. 5 in WNBA draft: 'Hard work pays off'

Northwestern's Nia Coffey reacts after being selected No. 5 in the WNBA draft on Thursday in New York.

Nia Coffey, taken in the WNBA Draft on Thursday, achieved a dream she shared with her siblings, including Gophers freshman Amir Coffey

Gophers, Michigan State early top Big Ten teams for next season

Minnesota center Reggie Lynch (22) and forward Jordan Murphy, right, combine to defend Michigan State forward Kenny Goins (25) during the second half of an NCAA college basketball game in the Big Ten tournament, Friday, March 10, 2017, in Washington.

Michigan State star Miles Bridges is expected Thursday to announce he's returning to school. So the Spartans and Gophers appear to be the top two teams to beat in Big Ten next season

Richard Pitino, Gophers get 7-foot transfer from dad's Louisville team

Louisville junior center Matz Stockman is transferring from Louisville to the Gophers; eligible to play one season in 2018-19

Gophers, Pitino set goals for improvement during offseason

Gophers basketball coach Richard Pitino watched guard Nate Mason shoot during an October 2016 practice. Pitino and several players have had discussions about important skills to work on during the offseason.

Gophers basketball players and coach Richard Pitino already know their offseason goals to prepare for the 2017-18 season. Here are some of them.

'Test game' for Final Four: Big-name opponent, Gophers recruiting tool?

The Gophers men's basketball team is expected to play against an opponent yet to be determined at U.S. Bank Stadium in December 2018

Monson: This won't be Gonzaga's last NCAA title game

Former Gophers and Gonzaga coach Dan Monson said the Zags are elite enough now that NCAA title game appearance won't be the last

This year's Final Four belongs to the upperclassmen

There are some talented freshmen among the teams in this year's Final Four, but they will likely take a backseat to upperclassmen who have been the stars of the NCAA tournament so far.

Gophers reflect on Final Four appearance 20 years ago Wednesday

1997 Gophers basketball players.

Gophers players look back on the 1996-97 team's appearance against Kentucky in the Final Four, which was 20 years ago on March 29.

Haskins: 'Gophers can win a national championship with local talent'

Former Gophers men's basketball coach Clem Haskins.

It's been 20 years since he made the Final Four with the Gophers and nearly as long since he resigned as head coach after the academic scandal, but he still follows his old program.

Pitino and Nate Mason receive All-District basketball honors

Coach Richard Pitino watched Nate Mason shoot during the Gophers Men's Basketball practice at the University of Minnesota on Tuesday, October 4, 2016, in Minneapolis, Minn.

Gophers coach Richard Pitino and junior guard Nate Mason receive All-District 7 honors Wednesday by the National Association of Basketball Coaches

Future Gophers guard Washington is New York's Mr. Basketball

Isaiah Washington

The honor puts the four-star recruit among a group of players that includes New York City point guard legends Kenny Anderson, Stephon Marbury and Sebastian Telfair.

Fuller: Can Gophers handle MTSU's zone, get Mason and Lynch going?

The Gophers men's basketball team needs to find ways to get Nate Mason and Reggie Lynch going in Thursday's NCAA tournament game vs. Middle Tennessee in Milwaukee

Disrespected? MTSU big men not overly impressed with U's Lynch

Michigan guard Derrick Walton Jr. (10) passes the ball as he is guarded by Minnesota center Reggie Lynch (22) during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game in the Big Ten tournament, Saturday, March 11, 2017, in Washington. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)

Middle Tennessee big men compare Minnesota's Reggie Lynch to an SEC center they dominated earlier this year; Lynch takes offense

Broman brothers excited to be closer to home in NCAA tournament

Winthrop guards Anders and Bjorn Broman will have 30 family members from Duluth, Minn. watching Thursday's game vs. Butler in Milwaukee

Gophers won't buy into upset chatter vs. Middle Tennessee

Gophers basketball coach Richard Pitino met with the media before the Gophers headed for the opening round of the NCAA tournament in Milwaukee

The most popular upset pick thrown around by national basketball observers has 12th-seed Middle Tennessee knocking out Minnesota in the first round. "Everybody thinks we shouldn't show up," coach Richard Pitino said.