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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Nebraska's top player commits to Gophers

Posted by: Amelia Rayno under College basketball Updated: September 17, 2009 - 11:00 AM

Elliott Eliason made a verbal commitment to the Gophers Wednesday night, according to rivals.com.

The 6-11 center from Chadron, Neb., is Tubby Smith's first commitment in the 2010 class. He's a three-star prospect on rivals.com.

Eliason averaged 15 points, 10 rebounds and four blocks per contest during his junior season at Chadron High School.

This is a good move for Minnesota. The 6-11 talent who won Nebraska's Gatorade Player of the Year honors will start his freshman year when centers Ralph Sampson III and Colton Iverson begin their junior seasons.

The Gophers have two scholarships left for 2010 players.

Eliason's high school hoped to attend the annual Gatorade Timberwolves Shootout, a showcase for high school teams. But it wasn't financially feasible, according to Eliason's coach, Craig Nobling.

 

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