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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Are the Gophers going after Derrick Randall?

Posted by: Amelia Rayno under Gophers players Updated: June 16, 2013 - 12:13 PM

Things have gotten a bit slow on the recruiting scene in recent weeks, the Gophers having signed three guards and a big man already and the market otherwise being a bit scarce.

But Richard Pitino and Co. aren't necessarily done for 2013.

They still have a scholarship available (an extra because Joe Coleman decided to transfer) should they choose to use it. The staff certainly has the option to save it for 2014, when they will have at least three otherwise -- but there are two likely prospects that could come in immediately.

If that candidate is Rakeem Buckles, who has been on the Gophers' radar for some time, his one-year of eligibility would again open up a scholarship for the following year.

Another possibility is Derrick Randall, a 6-9, 220-pound power forward who would help fill a major role for the Gophers with much needed size and bulk. The rising junior played for Rutgers last year, averaging 2.1 points and 1.5 rebounds in 8.2 minutes a game -- slightly down from the previous season, when he played 11.3 minutes a game and averaged 2.5 points and 2.4 rebounds. Randall announced his intent to transfer after head coach Mike Rice was fired and could be able to get a waiver to play right away considering the circumstances. Randall has been considering Minnesota, but CBS Sports' Jon Rothstein reported that Randall will likely end up at Iona or Pittsburgh.

While Randall wasn't used very much in the past two years and in that sense is still a bit raw, the Connecticut native is very strong and has the potential to be a good rebounder and defensive presence. Pitino recently got a commitment from Joey King, but the Minnesota native is really more of a shooter than a bang-around guy. Otherwise, the Gophers' frontcourt possibilities are Elliott Eliason, Mo Walker, Oto Osenieks and Charles Buggs.

 

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