Minnesota now has just one recruit lined up for 2013-14 – former Ellis teammate Alex Foster. The Gophers have four scholarships available, but were planning to save at least one for the loaded 2014 recruiting class. However, with a new coach coming in, having more scholarships – 5 – at their disposal for the next two seasons might not be a bad thing.
Additionally, Ellis wouldn’t have filled the Gophers biggest needs: post players and a true point guard.
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