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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Elite point guard Josh Perkins keeps Gophers on short list

Posted by: Amelia Rayno under College basketball, Gophers players Updated: July 25, 2013 - 10:27 AM

As the summer drifts by, the Gophers continue to make inroads.

Proof of that once more is Colorado-native point guard Josh Perkins, who, according to Adam Zagoria of ZagsBlog.com, has narrowed his list to five, including Minnesota. The other four, Zagoria writes, are UCLA, Gonzaga, UConn and Kentucky.

The 6-2, 175-pound Perkins is one of a handful of 2014 point guards the Gophers are looking at, including Ja'Quan Newton, Alex Robinson, Kaleb Joseph, Lourawls Nairn Jr. and of course, everyone's favorite local, Tyus Jones  -- but Perkins is the highest ranked of all non-Tyus recruits on Rivals, landing at No. 28 nationwide.

Adding intrigue to the interest in Minnesota is rumors that Perkins and Golden Valley-native Rashad Vaughn have plotted to play together at their eventual destination. Perkin's father, Randy, however, told Zagoria that the assertion is "kid's talk" and he doesn't think the package deal is realistic. Vaughn has said he's waiting until next spring to announce his choice.

It looks like the Gophers won't have to wait long to find out if they made the next cut -- to one --  because Perkins has said he will announce on his birthday, August 25.

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