Gophers basketball coach Richard Pitino appears close to hiring Wichita State’s Kyle Lindsted as an assistant coach for the last available spot on his staff, a source told the Star Tribune on Sunday.

Lindsted, the top recruiter for Shockers coach Gregg Marshall, is working on finalizing a deal at Minnesota this week, Wichita’s KWCH 12 TV reported earlier Sunday afternoon.

The 41-year-old Kansas native worked at Wichita State for three seasons after spending 15 years at Sunrise Christian Academy in his home state, a school his father founded in 1987.

As the school’s athletic director and boys’ basketball coach, Lindsted put Sunrise Christian on the prep basketball map, producing 35 Division I players from 2000-2015, including former national college player of the year and Oklahoma star Buddy Hield; ex-Michigan State point guard Lourawls (Tum Tum) Nairn; and former Gophers center Bakary Konate.

Pitino is replacing Ben Johnson, who left to be on new Xavier coach Travis Steele’s staff last month.

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Whalen gets first recruit as U coach

Gophers women’s basketball coach Lindsay Whalen picked up her first recruit when Stillwater junior Sara Scalia announced her commitment on Twitter.

Scalia, a 5-10 guard, averaged 26.5 points, 5.0 rebounds, 3.3 assists and 3.8 steals last season for the 17-11 Ponies.

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• Sophomore Elise Barnes hit a game-ending three-run homer in the sixth inning as St. Thomas rallied to beat visiting St. Benedict 15-6 in the championship game of the MIAC softball tournament. Trailing 6-4 in the fourth inning, the Tommies (35-6) scored 11 runs in the next three innings to win the program’s 13th MIAC playoff championship in the 15-year history of the tournament.

• Host Gustavus Adolphus defeated Carleton 5-3 in the final of the MIAC men’s tennis tournament. Zach Ekstein’s 7-5, 6-3 win over Kevin Mei at No. 2 singles clinched the Gusties’ eighth consecutive title.