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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Gaston Diedhiou denied by admissions

Posted by: Amelia Rayno Updated: August 27, 2014 - 10:41 AM

In one season at the University of Minnesota, Richard Pitino brought in a cache of underrated talent, claimed an NIT title and began stacking the first building blocks of a badly needed foundation.
 
At Minnesota -- a program without top-notch facilities to boast or a recent history of success -- it will take time. Dedication. Patience.
 
Pitino and the program need more of the latter with the news that top recruit Gaston Diedhiou did not get into the university.
 
Here’s my story from last night.
 
Diedhiou did not fail his standard academic tests. The NCAA Clearinghouse deemed him fully prepared, but he posted an English proficiency score that didn’t meet Minnesota’s standards and will need to take a course this fall in hopes of gaining U of M entry this spring.

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