Gophers senior center Matz Stockman is transferring and will play his final college season elsewhere, a source told the Star Tribune on Wednesday.
Stockman, a 7-footer from Norway, was eligible to play this year after sitting out 2017-18 after transferring from Louisville. He will be able to play next season after leaving Minnesota as a graduate transfer.
Stockman’s departure leaves Minnesota coach Richard Pitino with another scholarship available for the 2018-19 season. Former DeLaSalle and North Dakota guard Geno Crandall visited Minnesota’s campus last week. Crandall, a 6-3 senior, is a graduate transfer and immediately eligible. He’s reportedly considering Minnesota, Xavier, Gonzaga and Colorado State.
Pitino also has high interest in another former Islander star Reid Travis, who is a graduate transfer from Stanford. Travis appears to have narrowed down his choices to Kentucky and Villanova. The 6-8 All-Pac 12 forward is visiting Kentucky this week.
With Stockman gone, the Gophers are still two deep at center with redshirt sophomore Eric Curry and freshman Daniel Oturu. Curry was cleared for full contact recently after missing last season with a torn ACL. Oturu isn’t able to practice until the fall while recovering from shoulder surgery.