Bigger and better?
Beat writer Marcus Fuller looks ahead to next fall’s likely Gophers starting lineup and projected rotation:
Starters (year in 2017-18)
G Nate Mason, 6-2, senior
The U’s first All-Big Ten player since 2005 will enter next season as one of the nation’s top floor leaders and a second-year team captain.
G Amir Coffey, 6-8, sophomore
The All-Big Ten freshman team selection ranked second on the team in scoring (12.2), assists (3.1), steals (1.1) and minutes played (33.3).
F Davonte Fitzgerald, 6-8, junior
Sat out last season after his second major knee injury. But the Texas A&M transfer provides experience, outside shooting and length.
F Jordan Murphy, 6-6, junior
He showed his massive potential as a consistent double-double threat in the second half of his sophomore season. He could lead the Big Ten in rebounding next year.
C Reggie Lynch, 6-10, senior
What would happen if a shot-block specialist and the Big Ten defensive player of the year improves as a scorer and rebounder and limits fouls? Scary thought.
Key reserves (year in 2017-18)
G Dupree McBrayer, 6-5, junior
Arguably will be the top sixth man in the Big Ten next season as a instant-scoring option.
G Isaiah Washington, 6-1, freshman
The Gophers’ point guard of the future is expected to be one of the most exciting newcomers in the conference.
F Eric Curry, 6-9, sophomore
The team’s most versatile frontcourt player should improve offensively after gaining confidence from his first season.
F Michael Hurt, 6-6, sophomore
Could be one of the top shooters on the team and most improved player.
G Jamir Harris, 6-1, freshman
Another three-point threat, and he can handle the ball.
C Bakary Konate, 6-11, senior
With more development, he can provide shot blocking and rebounding depth behind Lynch.