Minnesota has a nice cache of basketball recruits over the next couple years, but the Gophers are far from the only ones paying attention.
Two locals picked up another offer apiece this weekend, adding to the competition Minnesota is facing for commitments.
Rashad Vaughn, one of the stars of the 2014 class and a shooting guard ranked at No. 12 in ESPN’s national rankings for that class, picked up his 21st offer on Friday, according to Chris Fisher of 247sports.com, after coach John Calipari visited Vaughn at Robbinsdale Cooper. Vaughn’s other offers include Wisconsin, Syracuse, Louisville, Kansas and Minnesota.
Also getting some attention this weekend was 2013’s Graham Woodward, a point guard from Edina, who was offered from Penn State. Woodward has 14 other offers right now, including an offer from Gonzaga last week.
Minnesota has shown interest in Woodward but still hasn’t offered yet. The Gophers have yet to get a single commitment for 2013.
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From the Gophers’ perspective, any game they can gut out or steal is a big victory.
Through five games, Nebraska Omaha is playing at the third fastest pace in Division I college basketball. (And one of the Mavericks top players is a former Chaska star.)
The Gophers have collected 48 fouls in the last two games, and foul trouble contributed to Minnesota’s 81-68 loss to Texas Tech on Sunday.
The question now is whether Minnesota can move past a bad long weekend and pick up some steam through the rest of this month and next – or whether a not-so-easy slate between now and New Year's will put the Gophers on the path toward the basement.
The Gophers are young and inexperienced and while the future may be bright, the present is tenuous, at best.