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Gophers men's and women's hoops teams 100% registered to vote

Gophers men's and women's hoops teams 100% registered to vote

The Gophers men's and women's basketball teams announced Tuesday on National Voter Registration Day they are 100% registered to vote on Nov. 3. NCAA athletes learned last week they will have Election Day off to vote.


Ex-Gophers star Daniel Oturu's getting more comfortable with the new NBA Draft process

Ex-Gophers star Daniel Oturu's getting more comfortable with the new NBA Draft process

Former Gophers All-American big man Daniel Oturu, who returned briefly to Minnesota after training in California, has been acing interviews with NBA teams. The NBA Draft date is set for Nov. 18.


College hoops in a bubble? Plans may be possible for Pitino's Gophers

College hoops in a bubble? Plans may be possible for Pitino's Gophers

Plans to play at Mohegan Sun Arena in Connecticut and the Sanford Pentagon in Sioux Falls could be potential spots for the Gophers men's basketball team this year.


New Gophers center Liam Robbins will 'try to do it all.'

New Gophers center Liam Robbins will 'try to do it all.'

Gophers center Liam Robbins, who had his transfer waiver approved by the NCAA, said he will try to be an all-around player in Richard Pitino's system.


Incoming freshmen Jamal Mashburn Jr. and David Mutaf anxious to join Gophers

Incoming freshmen Jamal Mashburn Jr. and David Mutaf anxious to join Gophers

Incoming freshmen guards Jamal Mashburn Jr. and David Mutaf, members of the Gophers' 2020 recruiting class, are preparing on their own at home but anxious to join the team. Mutaf is set to arrive late this month from Turkey.


Grad transfer Brandon Johnson close to joining Gophers basketball team

Grad transfer Brandon Johnson close to joining Gophers basketball team

Western Michigan graduate transfer Brandon Johnson is close to finishing his summer classes, which will free up the 6-8 forward to join the Gophers for workouts.


No non-conference college hoops? That's an option, Pitino says

No non-conference college hoops? That's an option, Pitino says

Big Ten basketball following football in eliminating non-league games is "certainly an option" during the pandemic, Gophers coach Richard Pitino said recently.


Former Gophers star Daniel Oturu invited to NBA Draft Combine

Former Gophers star Daniel Oturu invited to NBA Draft Combine

Hard at work in Santa Barbara preparing for this year's NBA Draft, ex-Gophers star Daniel Oturu has spent the month of July honing his skills and building up his body.


Despite absent players, Pitino making most of U summer practice

Despite absent players, Pitino making most of U summer practice

College basketball teams across the country opened practice this week, and the pandemic meant that some schools were more ready than others to get on the court.


Ex-Gophers star Coffey back with Clippers as NBA resumes

Amir Coffey

Despite not being drafted, Amir Coffey is in a better position than many rookies who were selected last summer because the Clippers have invested in his development.


Five-star former East Ridge hoops standout Brown picks Baylor

Five-star former East Ridge hoops standout Brown picks Baylor

Former East Ridge and current Sunrise Christian (Kan.) senior forward Kendall Brown announced his commitment to Baylor on Monday. Brown had offers from the Gophers, Ohio State, Marquette and others.


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.