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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Second Minnesota recruit appears set to join Gophers

Posted by: Amelia Rayno under Gophers coaches, Gophers players Updated: May 7, 2013 - 12:43 PM

It looks like an official announcement welcoming JUCO Dre Mathieu to the Minnesota hoops family is just around the corner.

He would be new Gophers coach Richard Pitino's second recruit for the 2013-14 season. Daquein McNeil signed with MInnesota two weeks ago.

The 5-11 Mathieu, who visited the Minneapolis campus last weekend, said on Monday via text message that he would be making his decision on Tuesday -- choosing between Minnesota, Ole Miss and Pepperdine, his last three schools after eliminating Memphis. A teammate at Central Arizona, Calvin Bonner, tweeted late Tuesday morning that Mathieu had chosen the Gophers.

The committment would give Minnesota a true point guard and a plethora of options at that position between Andre Hollins, McNeil and Maverick Ahanmisi. 

The Gophers still have two remaining scholarships available for next year.

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