Richard Pitino's 2014 recruiting class continues to grow.
A source confirmed to the Star Tribune that center Bakary Konate committed to Minnesota on Wednesday, giving the Gophers five incoming recruits for next season. Scout's Evan Daniels first reported the news.
Minnesota signed power forward Josh Martin and guards (JUCO) Carlos Morris and Nate Mason last fall and received a commitment from forward Gaston Diedhiou, who has not yet penned his National Letter of Intent, on April 11. Spring commits have until May 21 to sign.
The 6-11 Konate, who currently plays at Sunrise Christian Academy in Kansas, adds some much-needed size to the Gophers' roster, which loses senior centers Elliott Eliason and Mo Walker after next season. The Mali native had said he was choosing between the Gophers, Tulane, Texas A&M and Creighton.
Marcus 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, Marcus spent two years in The Kansas City Star sports department. Marcus grew up in Hawaii and is a 2002 graduate of San Jose State. Follow Fuller on Twitter @Marcus_R_Fuller.
Freshman guard Isaiah Washington will make his local debut on a team with All-Big Ten forward Jordan Murphy. Nate Mason and Amir Coffey are teammates and Apple Valley star Tre Jones has two Minnesota teammates.