Several weeks ago, I probably would have agreed with that.
But Eliason’s production lately has been such that I’m not sure anyone is underestimating the redshirt freshman anymore.
And here’s the beautiful thing about that: with Eliason now on scouting reports as a legitimate force, the forward is still finding real ways to produce and impress.
With the team suffering from inconsistency and a lack of rebounding, Eliason has been reliable on the boards, getting 18 in the Gophers’ last four games. His aggressiveness and intensity in the paint is refreshing.
But if he’s still underrated now, my guess is that next year he definitely won’t be. I'm interested to see what another year of strengthening and the possibility of starting could do for him. It’ll be fun to watch.
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.
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