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Marcus Fuller

Reporter | Gophers basketball
Location: Minneapolis
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Marcus Fuller covers Gophers men's basketball and college basketball for the Star Tribune. He has 13 years of experience covering Twin Cities college and professional sports. 


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, he spent two years in The Kansas City Star sports department. Fuller grew up in Hawaii and is a 2002 graduate of San Jose State.
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Gophers guard Isaiah Washington dribbled past North Florida guard J.T. Escobar during an 80-71 victory at Williams Arena. Washington didn’t start Tu

Gophers struggle, escape to edge North Florida

Jordan Murphy had 20 points and 18 rebounds, while Isaiah Washington had a double-double of his own with 14 points and a career-high 13 assists.
Dupree McBrayer fought for a loose ball in the first half last week against Nebraska.

McBrayer to miss Tuesday's game, presenting opportunities for others

With Dupree McBrayer out of town to be at his mother's wake, Richard Pitino likely will look to Brock Stull to fill one of the backcourt spots alongside Amir Coffey and Gabe Kalscheur.
Gophers center Daniel Oturu grabbed a rebound over Arkansas State forward J.J. Matthews in the first half.

Oturu's double-double powers Gophers past Arkansas State

Daniel Oturu had a career-best 19 points, 12 rebounds and three blocks in Saturday's 72-56 victory over Arkansas State.
Gophers junior guard Amir Coffey had 32 points, six assists and six rebounds in a victory over No. 24 Nebraska on Wednesday.

Gophers like more aggressive style from Coffey

Amir Coffey showed what he can do with a big game against Nebraska. Now, the Gophers want to see more: drive hard, push the ball up court or take open jumpers.
Amir Coffey is defended by Isaiah Roby in the first half

Coffey's career night leads Gophers to comeback victory over Nebraska

Amir Coffey's 32 points vs. Nebraska guided the Gophers' inspired play for senior guard Dupree McBrayer, who lost his mother to a battle with cancer on Monday.
Nebraska players wore warmup shirts honoring the memory of Gophers guard Dupree McBrayer's mom.

'More than basketball' Tributes pour in for grieving McBrayer

Players from both teams honored Dupree McBrayer's mother on the court and tributes showed up all across social media to Tayra McFarlane, 58, who died Monday.
Dupree McBrayer said when he struggled as a U freshman, his mother told him: “I didn’t raise you to be a quitter.”

Gophers' McBrayer plays through toughest loss — his mother's death

Tayra McFarlane, who died at age 58 on Monday in New York after a battle with cancer, taught her three sons to be tough, work hard and stay out of trouble while raising them as a single mom in Queens.
Minnesota's Gabe Kalscheur, right, drives to the basket against Ohio State's C.J. Jackson during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game Sun

No. 16 Ohio State's physical play too much for U in Big Ten opener

The Gophers didn't look ready for the toughness of the Big Ten and were completely overmatched physically in a 79-59 loss against the No. 16 Buckeyes on Sunday.
Ohio State's Kaleb Wesson, right, posts up against Minnesota's Daniel Oturu during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game Sunday, Dec. 2, 2

Gophers-No. 16 Ohio State men's basketball game recap

Highlights from the Gophers' 79-59 loss at No. 16 Ohio State on Sunday.
Gophers forward Jordan Murphy reached out to grab a loose ball in the first half Friday night vs. Oklahoma State at U.S. Bank Stadium.

Where does Gophers men's basketball fit in a much-improved Big Ten?

Seven Big Ten teams were ranked in the latest poll, the most since 1999. And 10 teams received Associated Press Top 25 votes, including the Gophers.
The Gophers played Oklahoma State in the second half Friday at U.S. Bank Stadium.

Big bounce-back, big backdrop: Gophers hold off Oklahoma State at U.S. Bank Stadium

Jordan Murphy's 24 points and 16 rebounds helped the Gophers, who led by 18 at one point, fend off the Cowboys and erase some memories of a loss at Boston College.
The Gophers take on Oklahoma State in the second of four games this weekend at U.S. Bank Stadium, the venue's first basketball event.

Gophers head to U.S. Bank Stadium looking to overcome shooting woes

A stretch of 18 days and five games away from their home court continues Friday night for the Gophers, when they take on Oklahoma State at U.S. Bank Stadium, site of the Final Four in April.
Minnesota's Gabe Kalscheur vs. Omaha earlier this season.

Gophers basketball freshman Kalscheur brings veteran moxie

Five games into his Gophers career, Gabe Kalscheur already has established himself as a steady shot with good defensive instincts.
Minnesota's Gabe Kalscheur vs. Omaha earlier this season.

Kalscheur's 'insane' 3-pointer caps Gophers comeback over Washington

The Gophers shot just 26 percent from the field in the first half, but erased a nine-point deficit and finished the game off in style in the final seconds.
Gophers forward Jordan Murphy

Setting career rebounding mark is just the start for Gophers' Murphy

Now that Jordan Murphy is the Gophers' career leading rebounder, he has his sights set on other big goals.
Santa Clara’s Josh Martin tried to shoot over the Gophers’ Daniel Oturu during the first half in the Vancouver Showcase on Tuesday night.

Kalscheur's long-range skills push Gophers past Santa Clara

The freshman made seven three-pointers to lead all scorers with a career-high 25 points.
Eric Curry, a 6-9 redshirt sophomore, is out at least another two weeks after having surgery on his previously injured left knee before the season, bu

Curry, nursing injured knee, aiming to return to Gophers lineup by Big Ten play

The 6-9 redshirt sophomore is out at least another two weeks after having surgery on his previously injured left knee before the season.
Senior center Matz Stockman, left, is one of several reserves giving the Gophers quality minutes so far this season.

Gophers basketball team finding they have more in reserve this year

The bench provided a lift in their Vancouver Showcase opener.
Minnesota head coach Richard Pitino, during a game vs. Omaha earlier this season. The Gophers overcame sloppy play to win Sunday.

Gophers shake off turnovers, win opener at Vancouver Showcase

The Gophers looked sloppy at times handling the ball, but relied on defense to salt away a five-point win over Texas A&M.
Gophers forward Jordan Murphy

Gophers basketball embarks on test of high-major waters

The Gophers' nonconference schedule has lost some luster thanks to unexpected losses, but any high-major foe will do. First up: Texas A&M on Sunday in Vancouver.
Gophers head coach Richard Pitino

Pitino would go 0-for-Minnesota again if Hurt doesn't stay home

When it comes to in-state talent, Richard Pitino is at zero so far for 2019, and Rochester John Marshall's five-star forward, Matthew Hurt, has every major program after him and won't sign until the spring period.
Gophers guard Gabe Kalscheur moved the ball vs. Utah on Monday in the second half.

Zone-buster Kalscheur's three-point barrage boosts Gophers past Utah

Freshman Gabe Kalscheur scored 12 of his team-best 19 points in the first half and hit five three-pointers as the U defeated last season's NIT runner-up.
The Gophers' Isaiah Washington stripped the Utes' Novak Topalovic of the ball in the first half.

Richard Pitino scheduled Utah with Gophers fans in mind

While not being able to convince any top-tier teams to come to the Barn, Gophers coach Richard Pitino felt like he delivered by scheduling tougher opponents such as the Utes.
Jarvis Omersa, Daniel Oturu and Gabe Kalscheur combined for 30 points on 12-for-18 shooting in their Gophers debuts last week against Omaha.

Homegrown: Twin Cities freshmen make instant impact for U basketball

Daniel Oturu, Gabe Kalscheur and Jarvis Omersa have the chance to make the biggest impact of any crop of freshmen in recent program history.
Marcus Carr had hoped to be a sophomore guard for Richard Pitino’s Gophers this season.

NCAA rules Carr ineligible for this season; Gophers appeal decision

Marcus Carr transferred from Pittsburgh in the offseason and had hoped to play this year, instead of sitting out, per NCAA rules.But his waiver request to play this season was denied
Minnesota's Amir Coffey tries to make a play to the hoop against Omaha's Mitchell Hahn on Tuesday in the season opener at Williams Arena.

Under-the-radar Gophers open season putting 104 points on Omaha

Minnesota started 2018-19 with little fanfare from national media. But Tuesday's 104-76 victory over Omaha showcased what's possible from a team coming off a sub-.500 season notable for its run of injuries.
Dupree McBrayer, left, and Marcus Carr took part in a drill during an early practice. Carr is yet to be cleared by the NCAA.

Gophers guard Carr still waiting on NCAA waiver decision

Toronto native Marcus Carr averaged 10 points and started 27 games for Pittsburgh in 2017-18. The NCAA still hasn't made a decision on his waiver request to play for the Gophers this season.
Gophers point guard Amir Coffey penetrated down the lane and lofted a shot over Omaha’s Mitch Hahn during Minnesota’s 104-76 season-opening victor

Gophers basketball opens season with a 104-76 romp over Omaha

Gophers quietly open season and display depth by dismantling Omaha
Former Gophers point guard Nate Mason tried to play through an injury last season, but eventually needed hip surgery in the spring. The delay in havin

Still recovering: Ex-Gophers guard Mason feels stung by 'bad advice'

Nate Mason wishes he would have had surgery before last season and was now getting ready to be a redshirt senior. He thinks delaying surgery caused him to miss his chance at pro basketball.
Junior guard Amir Coffey (5), shown running sprints with his Gophers teammates, is at full strength after missing most of Big Ten play last winter.

Gophers' first goal: Getting, keeping everyone healthy and playing

Amir Coffey's shoulder. Dupree McBrayer's leg. Nate Mason's hip and ankle. Eric Curry's knee. Injuries defined a 2017-18 that collapsed into a losing record.
Washington

Five questions at the start of Gophers men's basketball season

A look at five issues facing the Gophers as the season tips off.
Gophers coach Richard Pitino earlier this year.

Gophers in a romp over UMD in lone men's basketball exhibition

They hit their first 11 shots from the floor on their way to a 56-point victory.
The stats for Jordan Murphy, left, dropped last season after the suspension of Reggie Lynch, but he still wound up averaging 16.8 points and 11.3 rebo

Gophers get Murphy some reinforcements

Jordan Murphy was the team's only dependable inside presence at the end of last season. But he should get some help from freshman Daniel Oturu and, when healthy, sophomore Eric Curry.
Eric Curry missed all of what would have been his sophomore season after tearing multiple ligaments and his meniscus in his left knee in August 2017.

Gophers' Curry out four to six weeks following knee surgery

After he tore multiple ligaments and his meniscus in August 2017, Eric Curry was fully cleared on Oct. 20 and played in the private scrimmage at Creighton the same day.
The Gophers held an open scrimmage Sunday afternoon.

Gophers basketball offense appears more diverse in scrimmage

Gophers basketball fans getting a first glimpse of the 2018-19 team came away with a pretty clear theme from Sunday's Maroon and Gold scrimmage:
No shame, no gain: Pitino goads players into more effort in practice

No shame, no gain: Pitino goads players into more effort in practice

Gophers coach Richard Pitino admits he has fun “shaming” players on his basketball team that don’t go hard enough in practice, so he came…
Izzo

Izzo denies Michigan State badly handled sexual assault allegations

For the first time, Tom Izzo on Thursday vehemently defended himself and his program against criticism he faced last season after reports surfaced that Michigan State poorly handled sexual assault allegations.
Amir Coffey, left, and Dupree McBrayer, both are coming off injuries during a disappointing 2017-18 Gophers season.

Return to health, practice for U's Coffey, McBrayer

After being hampered by injuries to end a disappointing 15-17 campaign in March, the Gophers' most versatile offensive players are showing they are ready to be leaders in the backcourt this year.
After Minneapolis was awarded the 2022 NCAA women's Final Four, Gophers head coach Lindsay Whalen said: “I got to play in a Final Four. I know what

Will U be there? Minneapolis awarded 2022 women's Final Four

When it comes to the NCAA Women's Final Four and Minnesota, the first thing that comes to mind is Lindsay Whalen's memorable run with the Gophers in 2004.
In Pitino, Whalen finds a key ally with Gophers basketball

In Pitino, Whalen finds a key ally with Gophers basketball

Richard Pitino has made it obvious, Lindsay Whalen said, that he's willing and able to help her find her way as Gophers basketball coach.
Richard Pitino and the Gophers will now play three games during their November trip to Vancouver.

U adds heavyweight Washington to men's basketball schedule

The Huskies, expected to be Pac-12 contenders, are the late addition to the slate, after Vancouver Showcase scheduling plans fell through.
Four-star forward Jackson commits to Pitino's Gophers

Four-star forward Jackson commits to Pitino's Gophers

The 6-8 forward is a Detroit native who plays at Sunrise Academy in Kansas. "Minnesota was just different," Tray Jackson said.
Sophomore Isaiah Washington is slated to be the Gophers starting point guard.

Pitino wants Gophers 'to get better early'; mystery game could be added

The Gophers will face the toughest early-season stretch since Richard Pitino became coach before the 2013 season. That includes two games in the Vancouver Showcase in November, with a third game possible.
Lindsay Whalen is nearing the end of her Lynx playing career. And with the release of the 2018-19 schedule Tuesday, she knows exactly what’s in fron

Gophers women open under Whalen on Nov. 9 vs. New Hampshire

Tough Big Ten stretch in January highlights new coach's debut schedule.
Richard Pitino’s Gophers will have two Big Ten games before the end of 2018.

Pitino's Gophers open Big Ten play at Ohio State, return to face Nebraska

Three of the final four Big Ten games for Richard Pitino's team are on the road.
Lindsay Whalen was introduced as Gophers women's basketball coach by athletic director Mark Coyle on April 13.

Expectations, emotions are high as Whalen transitions to Gophers

Excitement was in the air about Whalen soon focusing her full attention on being the Gophers women's basketball coach.
Linebacker Julian Huff, left, and defensive back Jacob Huff, his twin brother, plan on having big senior seasons for the Gophers, breaking tradition.

Double trouble: Huff twins both plan an impact for Gophers

Julian and Jacob Huff have been models of hard work and academic achievement for the Gophers. They're still waiting for that one season when they can make an impact together.
University of Minnesota president Eric Kaler greeted football coach P.J. Fleck at the 2017 spring game.

NCAA announces 'enormously significant' reforms

The NCAA adopted a series of sweeping new legislation and policy Wednesday that University of Minnesota president Eric Kaler called, "Perhaps historically remarkable."
Rochester John Marshall star Matthew Hurt (1) says he hopes to make his college choice by the time the high school basketball season begins.

Basketball's best or brotherly love? Rochester's Hurt has big choice

Describing Matthew Hurt as a sharpshooting, slam-dunking, shot-blocking 6-foot-9 forward who can play inside or outside -- and his brother plays for the Gophers.
Eric Curry had an outstanding freshman season in 2016-17 and was expected to be a key player last season before suffering a knee injury.

Healing Curry has summer dreams of winning winter for Gophers

Sophomore Eric Curry is on a conservative recovery path this summer after last year's knee injury, and the Memphis native hopes to again be a major contributor at center.
Jalen Suggs celebrated Team USA’s gold medal victory Sunday in Argentina.

Minnehaha's Suggs grabs gold with U17 USA team in rout of France

Jalen Suggs won his second gold medal with a U.S. national team Sunday, adding to a successful summer of international basketball for Minnesota prospects.
The St. Michael-Albertville wrestling team and Eastview girls' basketball team were named the Boys and Girls Team of the Year

Field of dream teens: Star Tribune All-Metro Sports Awards

Tuesday night at Target Field, the first All-Metro Sports Awards gala brought 500 people — high school athletes, coaches, athletic leaders, family, friends and fans — together to celebrate the best sports moments of the 2017-18 seasons.
Geno Crandall, who played at DeLaSalle High School, helped North Dakota reach the NCAA tournament.

Future Gopher? Ex-UND, DeLaSalle guard becomes hot grad transfer

Geno Crandall, an all-Big Sky who is transferring from North Dakota, has visited with the Gophers, Gonzaga and Xavier after getting only a couple of offers while playing in high school.
Gophers forward Jordan Murphy is one of several players from the U who could become NBA draft propsects next year.

When will Gophers' 14-year NBA draft drought end?

Next season, Jordan Murphy looks like the leading candidate to be the first Minnesota player drafted since 2004. But there could also be a rich pipeline ahead.
Jordan Murphy pulled down a rebound over Matz Stockman during the University of Minnesota Maroon and Gold Scrimmage at Williams Arena Sunday October 2

Stockman leaving U basketball before playing a game with the team

7-foot center Matz Stockman, who came to the U from Louisville, will transfer before playing a game with the Gophers.
Jalen Suggs of Minnehaha Academy and Dain Dainja of Park Center could face a college vs. pros decisions when they graduate in 2020.

Class of 2020's best players could face giant choice after high school

The momentum to end the one-and-done era in college basketball has begun, and at least two young stars from Minnesota's 2020 graduating class could face this decision: scholarship or the pros.
Brock Stull, Marcus Carr and Payton Willis

Can transfers lead an instant turnaround for Pitino's Gophers?

Coach Richard Pitino had a different sales pitch for each of the three players who chose the Gophers men's basketball team this spring.
Pitcher Amber Fiser, left, and catcher Kendyl Lindaman are two team leaders for the Gophers.

Less buzz means 'no pressure' for Gophers softball team entering NCAA tournament

The Big Ten tournament champions are in a familiar spot: unseeded and traveling cross-country to another tough regional. The Gophers open play Friday night vs. Texas in Seattle.
New Gophers women’s basketball coach Lindsay Whalen, right, picked up her first recruit with a commitment from Stillwater junior Sara Scalia, who an

Whalen's juggling act a success so far

The Lynx guard is also focused on recruiting for her Gophers women's basketball program. "I don't know who could turn down the opportunity to play with Lindsay," recruit Sara Scalia of Stillwater said.
Gophers get commitment from four-star Illinois defensive end

Gophers get commitment from four-star Illinois defensive end

Jason Bargy is the highest-rated recruit to commit to Minnesota since Carter Coughlin. The team also received a verbal commitment from a junior college linebacker.
Gophers women’s basketball coach Lindsay Whalen has landed two recruits this month.

Point Guard U? Whalen adds Top 100-ranked guard to Gophers

Mercedes Staples had committed to Clemson, but the point guard from Utah reopened her college search after the head coach was fired and chose Minnesota.
Kendall Smith and Oklahoma State upset No. 7 Kansas in Lawrence, Kan., last February.

Final Four test: Gophers to play Oklahoma St. at U.S. Bank Stadium

Oklahoma State is a perennial Big 12 contender, winning 20 or more games seven times in the past 10 seasons.
The Gophers’ Jordan Murphy was a national player of the year candidate in the first half of this past season.

Second opinion: Murphy looked into NBA, decided to return to Gophers

An advisory committee can help steer borderline NBA prospects toward the draft or back to school. Richard Pitino is glad power forward Jordan Murphy is returning this fall.
Rashod Bateman showed off his new tattoo on Twitter last weekend. “R.T.B.” stands for “Row The Boat.”

Don't expect Gophers football recruit Bateman to leave anytime soon

Row The Boat and Ink That Arm: Incoming wide receiver Rashod Bateman got his coach's favorite saying tattooed on his arm.
New Gophers women’s basketball coach Lindsay Whalen, right, picked up her first recruit Sunday with a commitment from Stillwater junior Sara Scalia,

Whalen lands her first Gophers recruit in Stillwater's Scalia

Sara Scalia, a 5-10 guard, averaged 26.5 points, 5.0 rebounds, 3.3 assists and 3.8 steals this season for the 17-11 Ponies.
Gophers coach Richard Pitino needs two players and an assistant coach to get to full strength.

Transfers, coaching departures put Pitino on speeded-up search to fill openings

The Gophers are one assistant coach and two players short of a full roster after offseason changes and a turbulent April recruiting season.
Danielle O’Banion was the head coach at Kent State for four seasons.

Whalen taps former Gophers assistant coach to return, finalizes staff

Danielle O'Banion, who was an associate head coach at Memphis this season, coached Lindsay Whalen as a player with the Gophers on Pam Borton's staff
Dawn Staley, left, and Lindsay Whalen: great point guards who became rookie college coaches while still playing.

Playing and coaching? Whalen has role model in one of basketball's best

The Lynx guard will start training camp Sunday while keeping in touch with her U assistants
University of Minnesota President Eric Kaler is also the chairman of the NCAA Division I Board of Directors. He told the Star Tribune on Wednesday his

U's Kaler: Expect big college basketball changes very soon

The 60-page Rice Commission report on men's college basketball is expected to result in major changes, some of them coming as early as the 2018-19 season.

Gophers basketball lands Vanderbilt transfer Payton Willis

He will have two years of eligibility left after sitting out the 2018-19 season.
Signs in the Bierman Field Athletic Building welcomed Lindsay Whalen as the new coach of the Gopher women Basketball team.

Coyle: Whalen should help Gophers end recruiting drought in state

"There's not a living room she won't be able to get into," Gophers athletic director Mark Coyle said about new women's basketball coach Lindsay Whalen.
New Gophers women's basketball coach Lindsay Whalen addressed the media on Friday afternoon.

Whalen: 'I always felt at some point in my life this would happen'

Lindsay Whalen says she feels prepared for the Gophers women's basketball job in part because of the Hall of Fame coaches she has played under.
Minnesota's Carlie Wagner hopes to hear her name called on Thursday, WNBA's draft night

Wagner to Lynx? Gophers star hopes to hear name called in WNBA draft

Predicting where Carlie Wagner will be drafted or if she will at all is difficult. But her growth during four years with the Gophers put her in position to have this opportunity
Assistant Ben Johnson, right, listened to head coach Richard Pitino during a 2017 home game.

Assistant Ben Johnson leaving Gophers basketball for Xavier

Richard Pitino loses a strong Twin Cities recruiter in Ben Johnson, but gains an assistant with a strong coaching and recruiting record in Rob Jeter.
Gophers head coach Marlene Stollings and Kenisha Bell (23) joked after their team's 107-73 victory against Lehigh last season.

Stollings to Texas Tech; Whalen won't comment on U coaching job

Former Gophers star Lindsay Whalen, 35, has given no public indication that she won't play for the Lynx during the upcoming WNBA season.
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