Reporter | Gophers basketball

Marcus Fuller covers Gophers men's basketball and college basketball for the Star Tribune. He has 13 years of experience covering Twin Cities college and professional sports. 

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, he spent two years in The Kansas City Star sports department. Fuller grew up in Hawaii and is a 2002 graduate of San Jose State.


Former Gophers standout Coffey gains NBA foothold with Clippers

There's no telling when the NBA season will continue, but Amir Coffey's journey is off to an exciting start after he left the U with one year of eligibility remaining.


With Oturu leaving, confident Pitino shares challenges ahead for U

Gophers men's basketball coach Richard Pitino spoke confidently about the direction of the program, one day after Daniel Oturu's decision to declare for the NBA Draft.


Time to move up: U's Oturu declares for NBA draft

NBA scouts attending his games this season saw how Daniel Oturu had improved between his first and second years with the Gophers. Underclassmen declaring for the draft have until June 3 to change their minds.


Gophers' Oturu declares for NBA draft

Sophomore center and Cretin-Derham Hall grad Daniel Oturu could become the first Gophers player drafted since Kris Humphries in 2004.


Pitino, Gophers study transfer market for a big man

The ever-expanding transfer portal could add to the 2020 class this spring, but it will be a challenge for the Gophers to add the depth and talent their frontcourt needs.


One simulated moment: How March Madness would have played out

Kansas vs. who for the title? The Minnesotans we'll miss seeing? Great underdog stories? College basketball writer Marcus Fuller has a guide to the tournament that didn't happen.


A life without Madness: Selection Sunday silent for ESPN's 'Joey Brackets'

Joe Lunardi was at a hotel Thursday near the ESPN studios sipping coffee and fiddling with his final NCAA tournament projections when word came that the NCAA was canceling the men's basketball tournament.


NCAA plans to restore a year of eligibility for athletes impacted by cancellations

Prominent basketball coaches across the country, including Michigan State's Tom Izzo and Kentucky's John Calipari are in favor of wanting the NCAA to give seniors an extra year.


Hope snuffed out: Pitino's Gophers wanted one last shot at strong finish

Before the Gophers could board the bus to the arena on Thursday, Big Ten officials were shooing Michigan and Rutgers players off the court. End of tournament. End of hope.


Gophers overcome halftime deficit, crush Northwestern

Sophomore center Daniel Oturu led the rally from a two-point halftime deficit with 24 points.