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Minnesota's Class of 2022 loaded and attracting Pitino's attention

Minnesota's Class of 2022 loaded and attracting Pitino's attention

Five of the boys' basketball players who are ranked among Minnesota's 10 best high school juniors already have offers from the Gophers.


With draft on hold, Oturu remains patient, works on building NBA skills

With draft on hold, Oturu remains patient, works on building NBA skills

Thursday night was supposed to be the moment when hometown hero Daniel Oturu realized his NBA dream and broke the Gophers' draft drought all at the same time.


Gophers hoops mailbag: Will Utah transfer Both Gach return home?

Gophers hoops mailbag: Will Utah transfer Both Gach return home?

Answers to questions about Utah transfer and former Austin star Both Gach's decision, Marcus Carr's status and Minnehaha star Chet Holmgren's new ranking as the No. 1 player in the Class of 2021.


Prep star from Cottage Grove: 'We have to use the platform that we have'

Prep star from Cottage Grove: 'We have to use the platform that we have'

Kendall Brown, who now plays for Sunrise Christian Academy in Kansas, was frustrated that the rioting after George Floyd's death took away from protests and donation drives that people were involved with locally.


Talking about race: Ex-Gophers player wants to connect urban, rural kids

Talking about race: Ex-Gophers player wants to connect urban, rural kids

New Benilde-St. Margaret's coach Damian Johnson wants to bring inner city and rural Minnesota kids together to talk about race and build future relationships.


Utah transfer, former Austin star Gach lists Gophers in his final five

Utah transfer, former Austin star Gach lists Gophers in his final five

Utah transfer Both Gach, a former Austin standout, announced his top five schools Monday, which included the Gophers. The 6-7 Gach could pursue an NCAA waiver to play immediately in 2020-21.


Pitino on a return to campus: 'Most important thing is safety'

Gophers coach Richard Pitino

Gophers men's basketball coach Richard Pitino talked Thursday during a Strib Live virtual town hall about player safety returning to campus and how the pandemic could change his sport.


Gophers land talented Turkish guard Mutaf for 2020-21 season

Gophers land talented Turkish guard Mutaf for 2020-21 season

The 6-foot-6 guard from Istanbul was a member of Turkey's junior national team. He picked Minnesota over Arkansas, but was also being recruited by SEC, Big East and Pac-12 schools.


Hopkins graduate Mailhot returns as U men's basketball assistant

Jeff Mailhot

Former Iona assistant and Minneapolis native Jeff Mailhot was officially announced as the third member of Gophers basketball coach Richard Pitino's staff Monday. Mailhot will try to help Pitino keep the best players in Minnesota from leaving the state.


U hoops mailbag: Is Pitino's next recruit a talented Turkish guard?

U hoops mailbag: Is Pitino's next recruit a talented Turkish guard?

The Gophers are pursuing 17-year-old Turkish guard David Mutaf, who could fill one of their two remaining scholarships for next season. Plus coaching staff questions and more.


After changing mind about Gophers, Peterson commits to Southern Cal

After changing mind about Gophers, Peterson commits to Southern Cal

Rice transfer and former Gophers recruit Drew Peterson committed Monday night to Southern California. He chose Minnesota last month but changed his mind four days later.


'HORSE' showdown: Watch former U stars Hollins, Banham battle for charity

Minnesota Lynx guard Rachel Banham and Andre Hollins combined for more than 600 three-pointers at the University of Minnesota during their career.

Former high-scoring U guards Rachel Banham and Andre Hollins competed to help raise awareness and support for Be The Match, the leader in bone marrow transplants.


New U basketball recruit using Jordan documentary for motivation

Brandon Johnson

Recently-signed Gophers recruit and Western Michigan graduate transfer Brandon Johnson is drawing inspiration from the ESPN documentary on Michael Jordan and the Chicago Bulls. Johnson is a Chicago native.


Gophers hoops mailbag: Questions on big men, local recruiting and more

Hopkins guard Kerwin Walton (12) jumped for a two-point shot Cooper guard Broderick Powell Jr. (1) and Cooper forward Jeffrey Cooper (5) in the second

Answering your questions about big men, including Chet Holmgren of Minnehaha Academy, transfers and upping the Gophers' local recruiting game.


Pitino navigates uncertain transfer rules, unsure of Carr's future at U

Pitino navigates uncertain transfer rules, unsure of Carr's future at U

Gophers coach Richard Pitino said that he isn't sure when guard Marcus Carr will make a decision about the NBA draft and that the situation isn't ideal for roster management.


Gophers men's hoops signs transfers Liam Robbins and Brandon Johnson

Gophers men's hoops signs transfers Liam Robbins and Brandon Johnson

The Gophers men's basketball team officially added transfers Liam Robbins and Brandon Johnson after they signed Wednesday to open the late signing period.


U hoops Mitchell working hard on developing during pandemic

U hoops Mitchell working hard on developing during pandemic

Martice Mitchell is trying to make the most out of his long days at home in Chicago this spring. School is different now. Workouts are different now. Everything is different.


U men's hoops mailbag: The next center, transfers, Pitino's 2020 staff

Drake's Liam Robbins, left, heads to the basket as Illinois State's Matt Chastain defends during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game in

Gophers hoops mailbag questions answered from out Star Tribune readers about Drake transfer Liam Robbins being eligible next season, if Kerwin Walton will be the next to commit to the program and more.


Next Amir Coffey? U recruiting Rice transfer who resembles him

Next Amir Coffey? U recruiting Rice transfer who resembles him

Coach Richard Pitino and his staff are recruiting Rice transfer Drew Peterson, who has skills that remind some people of the former Gophers standout.


Toughening up: U adds Mississippi St. to men's basketball schedule

Toughening up: U adds Mississippi St. to men's basketball schedule

The Gophers are also set to play in a four-team tournament next season that includes Marquette as part of their nonconference schedule.