As expected, Colorado point guard Josh Perkins committed to Gonzaga on Saturday morning.
The Gophers were among Perkins' top 3 finalists, but by all accounts had cooled off on the Huntington Prep senior. Minnesota is also recruiting floor generals Tyus Jones, Lourawls Nairn and Alex Robinson for that class, all of whom seem to be high priorities.
Perkins announced his decision in dramatic fashion, appearing on Denver's NBC affiliate station and committing to Gonzaga coach Mark Few on live television.
This is Amelia Rayno's fifth season on the Gophers men's basketball beat. She learned college basketball in North Carolina (Go Tar Heels!), where fanhood is not an option. In 2010, she joined the Star Tribune after graduating from Boston's Emerson College, which sadly had no exciting D-I college hoops to latch onto. Amelia has also worked on the sports desk at the Boston Globe and interned at the Detroit News. Follow Rayno on Twitter @AmeliaRayno.
Given the rare break, coach Richard Pitino gave his team two days off immediately after and then rolled out what he dubbed a "fun" practice on Sunday before getting down to business on Monday and Tuesday.