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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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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.
Gophers guard Jamir Harris will transfer from the program, Richard Pitino announced Friday.

Harris to transfer from Gophers basketball program

Jamir Harris, a 6-foot-2, 190-pound freshman, averaged 3.9 points and had 38 three-point field goals in 28 games this season
Villanova head coach Jay Wright reacts after cutting down the net after beating Michigan 79-62 in the championship game of the Final Four in San Anton

NCAA basketball will focus on issues, then Final Four in Minneapolis

You can bet college basketball will look different before the 2019 Final Four at U.S. Bank Stadium in Minneapolis. But how much different?
Villanova teammates surrounded championship game hero Donte DiVincenzo at the end of Monday night’s game in San Antonio.

Michigan can't end Big Ten title drought as Villanova cruises to national title

In this NCAA tournament, there was Villanova and then there was everybody else.
Michigan's Moritz Wagner (13) shoots over Villanova's Eric Paschall (4) during the second half in the championship game of the Final Four NCAA college

The era of the traditional big man is gone in college basketball

This March Madness is proof that more teams are following the Golden State Warriors model.
Michael Hurt (left) with his brother Matthew Hurt in San Antonio

Rochester prep star Hurt plays in Final Four showcase

Hurt, a 6-9 five-star forward at Rochester John Marshall, was chosen to be on the U.S. junior national select team, which scrimmaged against players from around the world Saturday in San Antonio.
Michigan's Moritz Wagner (13) reacts after scoring a 3-point shot against Loyola-Chicago during the second half in the semifinals of the Final Four NC

Michigan's emotional big man Wagner puts on title face for Monday

Moe Wagner was one of the most memorable players in this NCAA tournament even before he carried Michigan to tonight's title game against Villanova.
Villanova coach Jay Wright directed his team during the second half against Kansas on Saturday.

NCAA final preview: Villanova vs. Michigan

Star Tribune college basketball reporter Marcus Fuller takes a look at Michigan vs. Villanova ahead of Monday's game.
Michigan head coach John Beilein answers questions during a news conference for the championship game of the Final Four NCAA college basketball tourna

Beilein on Big Ten title drought: 'I'm not carrying that weight on our back'

Michigan is one win away from ending the Big Ten's national championship drought, which dates to 200. But Wolverines coach John Beilein doesn't want his team to think about that entering Monday's game.
Michigan's Moritz Wagner (13) celebrates with Charles Matthews (1) during the second half in the semifinals of the Final Four NCAA college basketball

Michigan ends Loyola's Cinderella run, advances to play Villanova

The bad guys from a perceived bad league are moving on. And the 11th-seeded Ramblers' storied run finally came to an end in a 69-57 loss to third-seeded Michigan in the first national semifinal at the Alamodome.
Villanova's Eric Paschall (4) dunks as Kansas' Lagerald Vick (2) defends in the first half during an NCAA Tournament national semifinal on Saturday, M

Villanova leaves no doubt about who's really No. 1 in rout of Kansas

"I feel bad for Kansas," said Villanova coach Jay Wright, whose team will try to win its second national title in three seasons. "They're a great team; we just made every shot. And that happens sometimes."
In this Thursday, March 22, 2018 photo, Loyola Chicago team members from 1963, Jerry Harkness, Les Hunter, John Egan, Rich Rochelle, from left, watch

Loyola Ramblers of 55 years ago won't be topped this weekend

Former Ramblers Jerry Harkness and Les Hunter talked about their inspirational national championship run.
Loyola Chicago coach Porter Moser is enjoying the Ramblers’ Final Four journey, after running the midmajor program during “all the tough times.”

Loyola Chicago coach Moser hoping Ramblers' midmajor success is here to stay

The architect of Loyola's midmajor success from "rock bottom" is in it to see it through.
Villanova guard Jalen Brunson, right, went past teammate Dylan Painter during a practice session Friday.

Jalen Brunson's patience, effort have him back in Final Four

This time around, Jalen Brunson will most likely be the guy if his team cuts down the nets again.

Final Four preview: Kansas vs. Villanova

The second semifinal pits the two No. 1 seeds that survived the first two weekends of this year's tournament.

Final Four preview: Michigan vs. Loyola Chicago

The Cinderella story of this year's tournament faces a Big Ten team on a roll.
These four transfers (clockwise from top left) -- Kansas' Malik Newman, Michigan's Charles Matthews, and Loyola's Marques Townes and Clayton Custer --

Transfers transformed these Final Four teams (get used to hearing it)

Three Final Four teams have at least one key contributor whose college career began elsewhere.
Prior Lake's Carson Shanks transferred to Loyola after reaching the NCAA tournament with North Dakota last year, and said he has received text message

Prior Lake's Shanks is living dream as Loyola reserve

Carson Shanks transferred to Loyola after reaching the NCAA tournament with North Dakota last year, and said he has received text messages and calls from several players from Minnesota.
Davonte Fitzgerald grabbed a rebound against Purdue on Jan. 13 at Williams Arena.

Fitzgerald leaving U basketball team for final year of eligibility

Davonte Fitzgerald earned his bachelor's degree in December and can transfer to another program without sitting out a season.
Oregon knocked Kenisha Bell and Minnesota out of the the NCAA tournament on Sunday, but Bell will be a senior next season looking for another run into

'We will come back.' U women look to build on season's success

Destiny Pitts, the Big Ten freshman of the year, and all but three seniors will be back next season motivated to return to the NCAA tournament for a deeper run.
Oregon standout guard Sabrina Ionescu, left, was fouled by the Gophers' Gadiva Hubbard during the second half of Sunday night's game.

Dominant Ducks end Gophers' basketball season with 101-point show

Minnesota was trying to make its first women's Sweet 16 appearance since 2005, but were done in by high-scoring Oregon and its spectacular star Sabrina Ionescu.
Oregon's Satou Sabally, left, Oti Gildon, center left, and Lexi Bando, right, pressured Minnesota's Carlie Wagner during the second half Sunday night.

Gophers women's basketball team trying to send its seniors out in style

Carlie Wagner, Jessie Edwards and Bryanna Fernstrom were thrilled with reaching NCAAs, winning in first round.
Minnesota's Kenisha Bell, center, shoots between Green Bay's Jen Wellnitz during the first-round matchup.

Gophers, Oregon in for a shootout in women's basketball tournament

If you like offense, you're in for a treat Sunday. In Division I women's basketball, only Connecticut and Baylor average more than the Gophers' 85.3 points per game. Oregon isn't that far behind at ninth (82.1).
The Gophers’ Kenisha Bell tied up Green Bay’s Allie LeClaire. Minnesota won 89-77 over the Phoenix behind Bell’s 26 points, 24 in the second hal

Gophers pushed, then push back to defeat Green Bay in NCAA first round

Down 13 points in the third quarter, the 10th-seeded Gophers came alive down the stretch to win 89-77 against No. 7 seed Green Bay.
Minnesota's Destiny Pitts, Kenisha Bell, Gadiva Hubbard and Jessie Edwards, from left, celebrate the team's first-round win over Green Bay in the NCAA

Gophers freshman Pitts shows poise with 20 points

The Gophers set an NCAA tournament school record with 10 three-pointers vs. the Phoenix. Destiny Pitts led the team in threes, shooting 5-for-7 from beyond the arc
Former teammate Grace Coughlin said Carlie Wagner is “one of the hardest workers I’ve ever met in my life. She’s the type of person who always p

Wagner gets one more shot – finally – at the NCAA tournament

Senior scoring machine Carlie Wagner is the only player remaining from the Minnesota team that last played in the Big Dance in 2015, when it lost in the opening round to DePaul.
Borseth is happy to be back in Green Bay after time in Ann Arbor

Borseth is happy to be back in Green Bay after time in Ann Arbor

Green Bay women's basketball coach Kevin Borseth has picked up where he left off with the Phoenix.
The path to San Antonio: Marcus Fuller's NCAA predictions

The path to San Antonio: Marcus Fuller's NCAA predictions

From top seeds to top point guards to top match-ups, here are 14 things to watch as the NCAA men's basketball tournament starts with tonight's play-in games.
Gophers senior guard Carlie Wagner looked up at the giant screen while hugging coach Marlene Stollings and fellow guard Kenisha Bell.

Border battle: Gophers playing Green Bay in NCAA women's opener

The Gophers were a bit on edge Monday after the selection show displayed a graphic of them as one of eight teams fighting for the final four spots.
Can Ohio State, Michigan State, Purdue or Michigan end the Big Ten's drought in winning the NCAA men's basketball tournament?

Can Big Ten teams shed conference's tarnished image in NCAA tourney?

Four teams this season argue they have as good a chance as any of their Big Ten predecessors to win the title.
Gophers guard Gadiva Hubbard passed to a teammate under pressure in the first half during the 2018 Big Ten women's basketball tournament.

Stollings says despite NCAA debate, Gophers women have earned bid

The Gophers (23-8), who finished fourth in the Big Ten, are having a selection show viewing party for fans at Williams Arena on Monday night.
College basketball players practice leading up to an NCAA tournament game.

Cloud hangs over this year's March Madness with FBI probe

But FBI probe lingers in background of college basketball's biggest month.
Minnesota guard Gadiva Hubbard dribbles between Ohio State guards Jensen Caretti (33) and Sierra Calhoun during the first half of an NCAA college bask

Gophers women's basketball falls just short vs. top-seed Ohio State

The Gophers led the up-temo Big Ten semifinal early, but Ohio State went on a big run to finish.
Gophers' Wagner had motivation for victory over Iowa

Gophers' Wagner had motivation for victory over Iowa

A berth in the Big Ten semifinals was the only way Carlie Wagner's family would see her play this week.

Gophers-Ohio State game recap

The Gophers women's basketball team lost 90-88 to top-seeded Ohio State in the semifinals of the Big Ten tournament.
From left to right, Palma Kaposi, Carlie Wagner, Gadiva Hubbard and Kenisha Bell celebrated after beating Iowa 90-89 Friday in the Big Ten tournament.

Stollings: Gophers 'in safely' for NCAAs after holding off Iowa in Big Ten tourney

After losing a 12-point lead in the first half, Minnesota had to fight off a Big Ten player of the year Megan Gustafson's Big Ten tournament record 48 points
Gophers guard/forward Destiny Pitts battles for the ball with Iowa forward Amanda Ollinger during the second half in the 2018 Big Ten Women's Basketba

Gophers' Pitts finally gets hot shooting in fourth quarter

The Big Ten freshman of the year opened the game 1-for-12 from three-point range. But Destiny Pitts scored 11 of her 14 points on 3-for-4 shooting from beyond the arc in the fourth quarter.
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