This is Amelia Rayno's third season on the Gophers men's basketball beat. She learned college basketball in North Carolina (Go Tar Heels!), where fanhood is not an option. In 2010, she joined the Star Tribune after graduating from Boston's Emerson College, which sadly had no exciting D-I college hoops to latch onto. Amelia has also worked on the sports desk at the Boston Globe and interned at the Detroit News.

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Alvin Ellis decommits from Gophers

Posted by: Amelia Rayno under College basketball, Gophers players Updated: April 3, 2013 - 2:17 PM

The Gophers are officially down one recruit for next season.

Alvin Ellis was released from his letter of intent to Minnesota on Wednesday, allowing the Chicago-native to re-open his recruitment.

Here's what he tweeted early Wednesday afternoon:

Minnesota now has just one recruit lined up for 2013-14 – former Ellis teammate Alex Foster. The Gophers have four scholarships available, but were planning to save at least one for the loaded 2014 recruiting class. However, with a new coach coming in, having more scholarships – 5 – at their disposal for the next two seasons might not be a bad thing.

Additionally, Ellis wouldn’t have filled the Gophers biggest needs: post players and a true point guard.
 

 

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