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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aMAILiaBAG: Tum Tum, recruit rankings and more

Posted by: Amelia Rayno under College basketball, Gophers coaches, Gophers players Updated: September 26, 2013 - 9:15 AM

Good morning loyal Gophers fans. In about an hour, ‘Tum Tum’ Nairn, already a Gophers fan favorite and the most mighty and candy-filled of the 3 Ninjas, will head to his high school gym at Sunrise Christian Academy to make his college decision. The contenders: Minnesota, Michigan State, Indiana, Oklahoma. The Gophers have been there every step of the way and have made some good in-roads with the four-star point guard. That said, at this point, the masses are so strongly calling a Spartans victory that Tum Tum picking the Gophers would seem like an upset.

So much drama. So much anticipation. The moment of reckoning is near, when we find who wins the prize of …

In the meantime, let’s move on to questions (your Qs in bold; my As in regular type):

Is it wrong that I will be equally disappointed if 'Tum Tum' doesn't choose Minny because of BB & the greatest name in sports.


No, Gerk, it is not wrong. Tum Tum is a fantastic name. Sniff. Now I’m starting to tear up. Personally, I would greatly miss playing the video, above. (But I will take that stroll down memory lane if Nairn, for example, picks Michigan State and the Gophers play him twice a year.)

Your professional opinion on our chances [with Tum Tum]? I'm not sure what to think.


Brace yourself, Furry. Why don't you sit down. Grab your box of tissues and your Cosco-sized moose tracks-flavored bucket of icy despair. I don’t know how to break this to you, pal, but I think it’s over. Don’t beat yourself up, though. It’s not you. I really feel that Tum Tum likes the Gophers – truly, I think he does. Just not as much, say, as he likes that flirty Michigan State.

Can we get a new recruiting power rankings? Curious how other recruits officials are going? #aMAILiaBAG


I’m glad we’ve moved on. There are plenty of fish in the sea, right? Here are my picks (Again, in order of how likely they are to pick Minnesota. These are not ALL of the recruits. Just the main targets):

1. Josh Martin – This weekend’s official to Pittsburgh will obviously be the wildcard with the Seattle PF, but right now, I think Minnesota’s chances are looking good.
2. Riley LaChance – The interest is there for Wisconsin’s LaChance, and it could come down to Minnesota and Iowa. If Tum Tum goes off the board, this could be your PG of the future.
3. Josh Cunningham – This relationship only seems to be growing: the Chicago wing will visit in October.
4. Carlos Morris – It looks like the JUCO guard could be in town this weekend. Seton Hall is Morris’ only visit so far, and the additions of a couple SGs by the Pirates (including Isaiah Whitehead) seem to take them out of contention.
5. Abdoulaye Gueye – Auburn will be involved, but the Gophers got in early with the Birmingham, Ala. big and have made steady progress.
6. Adonys Henriquez – Word is UCF is the favorite, but the Gophers just made the Florida shooting guard’s short list.
7. Bonzie Colson – I think Colson, a Rhode Island power forward, is gettable – but if the Martin thing plays out, Colson will end up elsewhere.                                                                                                    

8. Tum Tum Nairn – I’ll eat crow if I’m wrong, but it looks as though Tum Tum will be wearing more green than maroon and gold in the future.
9. Reid Travis – He’s still the most likely of the 'Big Three' Minnesota recruits, but it seems to be getting less likely. A talked about official visit at Minnesota has not happened.
10. Rashad Vaughn – The Gophers are still on the list, but the list is pretty big. Being away from the land of the lakes at prep school in Vegas does not help.
11. Tyus Jones – Maybe go and see if there’s any of that Moose Tracks left in the bottom of the industrial-sized ice cream tub. Yes, you may have to fish it out of the trash.

#aMAILiaBAG When is @squatcher going to invite you to appear on #FindingBigfoot?


As soon as we can convince my editor I need to take a vacation in the middle of the season to audition to go find the hairy man. You start.

Why does a coach have to meet with a player three times in one week?  It seems a bit much.


I think any coach or assistant will tell you that – especially in the days of smart phones, Twitter and general information/communication overload – the most important thing is getting face time. It forces the kids to focus and pay attention, for one thing, and it solidifies a new type of memory in the recruit’s brain. I’m talking like a psychologist here, and I’m definitely not one. Let me just go back to saying it’s important. Anyone can call a kid. Anyone can text. If you’re flying across the country constantly to SEE him when your schedule is already insane, it shows that you’re serious.

How common is it for potential recruits to view a school more favorably after other highly ranked recruits commit to a school? For example, let's say a player like Vaughn commits to the Gophers. Is it common for other recruits - who don't play the same position - to look more favorably at Minnesota after a player like Vaughn commits? I assume the coaches would use that to "sell" the program to other recruits...


Jeff -- from Blaine

Well, it does and it doesn’t. If a school signs an elite recruit and that recruit then flourishes quickly – I think that could be very attractive to kids. But just signing the kid, in the absence of any results, is generally a non-factor. For example, just because Isaiah Whitehead decided to head to Seton Hall, I don’t think recruits are now looking at Seton Hall in a new light. If he brings success in 2014, that could be a different story.

Are any gopher bball alumni involved in recruiting this year?


Not directly in recruiting – that’s an NCAA violation. Pitino has said he’s open to bring in alumni for possible pep talks/instructional things throughout the season, but nothing is planned currently.

What is typical ratio off recruits to scholarships available?


I don’t think there’s any specific ratio that programs go by, but in general there are a lot more feelers out there than there are spots – that’s just common sense, right? As much as the Gophers’ staff is being evaluated and considered by recruits, so are the recruits being evaluated and considered by the Gophers on an ongoing basis. Offering a kid is an important step in letting him know you are very interested. Taking the time to talk to a staff and set up a visit indicates reciprocated interest on the part of the recruit. Neither locks in either side. It’s like online dating. You’re likely looking for one partner, but in the searching, you have many dates and no one calls you a floozy. (Note: mostly because that word is no longer in circulation.)

Is anybody ever going to sign with the #gophers???


No, I said I WASN’T a psychologist. Which means I can’t answer the same crazy question over and over again. The Gophers have plenty of very worthy targets. They cast a wide net, so there have been some ‘Nos.’ Have patience, lad.

Does the lack of a Tyus Jones decision affect how PG recruits view Minnesota? #aMAILiaBAG


No, I don’t think so. Minnesota is not a favorite for Jones, so I don’t think that’s on the mind of a lot of PG recruits.


Philadelphia 24 FINAL
Washington 27
San Diego 0 1st Qtr 13:03
San Francisco 7
Minnesota 12/21/14 12:00 PM
Baltimore 12/21/14 12:00 PM
Detroit 12/21/14 12:00 PM
Cleveland 12/21/14 12:00 PM
Atlanta 12/21/14 12:00 PM
New Orleans
Green Bay 12/21/14 12:00 PM
Tampa Bay
Kansas City 12/21/14 12:00 PM
New England 12/21/14 12:00 PM
NY Jets
NY Giants 12/21/14 3:05 PM
St. Louis
Buffalo 12/21/14 3:25 PM
Indianapolis 12/21/14 3:25 PM
Seattle 12/21/14 7:30 PM
Denver 12/22/14 7:30 PM
Phoenix 99 FINAL
New York 90
Portland 80 3rd Qtr 5:56
New Orleans 51
Utah 53 3rd Qtr 3:19
Charlotte 75
Atlanta 32 1st Qtr 0:05
Houston 25
San Antonio 7:30 PM
Indiana 8:00 PM
Milwaukee 9:30 PM
LA Clippers
Arizona 2 FINAL
Los Angeles 4
Colorado 2 2nd Prd 2:04
Buffalo 0
Philadelphia 4 2nd Prd 8:37
Toronto 3
Ottawa 1 2nd Prd 7:51
Montreal 2
Washington 2 2nd Prd 1:40
New Jersey 0
Tampa Bay 0 2nd Prd :43
NY Islanders 0
Florida 1 2nd Prd 10:44
Pittsburgh 2
NY Rangers 0 2nd Prd 1:02
Carolina 1
Chicago 1 2nd Prd 2:16
Columbus 1
Nashville 1 1st Prd 7:18
Minnesota 2
Calgary 9:00 PM
St. Louis 9:30 PM
San Jose
VA Commonwealth 68 FINAL
Cincinnati 47
Charlotte 78 FINAL
Georgetown 81
Michigan 51
Louisville 76 FINAL
Western Ky 67
Mount St Marys 45 FINAL
American Univ 46
Abilene Christian 33 FINAL
Boise State 77
UMass Lowell 63 FINAL
Duquesne 79
South Alabama 65 FINAL
Ohio State 74 FINAL
North Carolina 82
Massachusetts 65 FINAL
Providence 85
Syracuse 77 FINAL
Villanova 82
Citadel 61 FINAL
Virginia Tech 64
Belmont 73 FINAL
Fairfield 61
St Bonaventure 69 FINAL
Binghamton 51
Montreat 64 FINAL
Campbell 90
Delaware 74 FINAL
Fair-Dickinson 76
South Florida 62 FINAL
Florida State 75
Vanderbilt 60 FINAL
Georgia Tech 65
SC State 71 FINAL
Houston 63
Missouri 59 FINAL
Illinois 62
Truett-McConnell 55 FINAL
Jacksonville 84
Toledo 83 FINAL
McNeese State 69
Elon 71 FINAL
UNC Greensboro 64
Drexel 68 FINAL
Penn State 73
St Francis-PA 73 FINAL
Rutgers 68
Albany 64 FINAL
Yale 60
PSU-Beaver 74 FINAL
Longwood 106
Eastern Ill 60 FINAL
Indiana State 56
Indiana 82 FINAL
Butler 73
Marshall 58 FINAL
Arkansas State 67
Lafayette 69 FINAL
Kansas 96
Oral Roberts 63 FINAL
Memphis 78
Western Mich 61 FINAL
Northwestern 67
Delaware State 70 FINAL
Oregon 83
Fla Atlantic 56 FINAL
St Francis-NY 61
Arkansas Tech 57 FINAL
Stephen F Austin 94
Howard Payne 50 FINAL
Texas-Arlington 89
Kennesaw St 53
St Josephs (IN) 54 FINAL
Chicago State 77
Eastern Mich 77 FINAL
Missouri State 65
Kentucky 83
UC Davis 81 FINAL
Air Force 75
Houston Baptist 67 FINAL
UC Riverside 78
Davidson 80 FINAL
Coll of Charleston 68
USC Upstate 53 FINAL
Miss State 51
NC Central 94 FINAL
Miss Valley St 60
Illinois State 77 FINAL
Murray State 89
Louisiana 85 FINAL
Northwestern St 89
Oakland 77 FINAL
Pittsburgh 81
Detroit 55 FINAL
Rhode Island 69
Presbyterian 60 FINAL
UT Martin 77
Monmouth 74 FINAL
Wagner 66
Southern U 39 FINAL
Wyoming 57
Iowa State 83 FINAL
Drake 54
Wake Forest 50 FINAL
Florida 63
High Point 80 FINAL
James Madison 71
Texas Southern 71 FINAL
Michigan State 64
New Hampshire 60 FINAL
Sacred Heart 73
Northeastern 78 FINAL
Santa Clara 72
Huston-Tillotson 56 FINAL
Texas State 90
Purdue 63 FINAL
Notre Dame 94
Prairie View 44 FINAL
Sam Houston St 61
Xavier 84 2nd OT 3:33
Auburn 86
Bluffton 40 2nd Half 9:06
Akron 74
NJIT 72 2nd Half 4:05
Central Conn St 68
Hofstra 49 2nd Half 12:54
Columbia 49
Boston Univ 42 2nd Half 15:34
Dayton 51
Iona 52 2nd Half 10:41
George Mason 61
Valparaiso 63 2nd Half 5:43
IUPU-Ft Wayne 62
Texas A&M 40 2nd Half 10:21
Kansas State 52
Morgan State 59 2nd Half 7:41
Manhattan 59
Saint Josephs 64 2nd Half 5:10
Marist 46
East Carolina 40 2nd Half 7:55
UNC-Wilmington 51
Richmond 45 2nd Half 11:22
Pepperdine 42
La Salle 47 2nd Half 9:21
Towson 32
Incarnate Word 50 2nd Half 11:36
CS-Bakersfield 40 2nd Half 15:33
Idaho State 32
Iowa 29 2nd Half
Northern Iowa 23
Milwaukee 28 2nd Half
SIU Edwardsville 25
Long Beach State 16 1st Half 9:34
Texas 28
TX-San Antonio 18 1st Half 6:58
TCU 19
SE Missouri St 0 1st Half 20:00
Arkansas 0
Lehigh 8:00 PM
Arizona State
New Mexico 8:00 PM
New Mexico St
Oklahoma 8:00 PM
Utah Valley U 8:00 PM
Weber State
Jacksonville St 8:00 PM
Northern Colorado
St Edwards 8:00 PM
Grand Canyon
NC State 8:30 PM
West Virginia
TX A&M-CC 9:00 PM
Cal Poly 9:00 PM
Fresno State 9:00 PM
Montana State 9:00 PM
Ball State 9:00 PM
San Diego St
South Dakota St 9:05 PM
Utah State
Stanford 10:00 PM
Utah 10:30 PM
Nevada 3 FINAL
Louisiana 16
Utah State 21 FINAL
Texas-El Paso 6
(23) Utah 45 FINAL
Colorado State 10
Western Mich 17 4th Qtr 13:26
Air Force 23
South Alabama 8:15 PM
Bowling Green
BYU 12/22/14 1:00 PM
Marshall 12/23/14 5:00 PM
Northern Ill
Navy 12/23/14 8:30 PM
San Diego St
Central Mich 12/24/14 11:00 AM
Western Ky
Fresno State 12/24/14 7:00 PM
Illinois 12/26/14 12:00 PM
Louisiana Tech
Rutgers 12/26/14 3:30 PM
North Carolina
NC State 12/26/14 7:00 PM
Cincinnati 12/27/14 12:00 PM
Virginia Tech
Duke 12/27/14 1:10 PM
(15) Arizona State
Miami-Florida 12/27/14 3:00 PM
So Carolina
Boston College 12/27/14 3:30 PM
Penn State
(25) Nebraska 12/27/14 7:00 PM
(24) USC
Livingstone 77 FINAL
UNC Greensboro 81
Loyola-Chicago 58 FINAL
Dartmouth 70
Georgia Tech 65 FINAL
St Francis-NY 59
Auburn 49 FINAL
St Johns 56
East Tenn St 56 FINAL
Jacksonville St 57
Western Mich 71 FINAL
Detroit 57
Cal-Irvine 42 FINAL
Wright State 80
Gardner-Webb 47 FINAL
Kennesaw St 50
(7) Stanford 40 FINAL
(11) Tennessee 59
Alabama A&M 47 FINAL
Ole Miss 71
Central Michigan 45 FINAL
(1) South Carolina 80
Nebraska Omaha 50 FINAL
Creighton 67
Western Carolina 83
Houston 65 FINAL
Nicholls 47
St Thomas Aquinas 45 FINAL
Army 70
St Bonaventure 72 FINAL
Niagara 60
Texas State 57 FINAL
Stetson 75
George Mason 65 FINAL
ULM 53
Grambling 38 FINAL
Kansas State 61
Missouri 79 FINAL
Wake Forest 64
Robert Morris 59 FINAL
Cornell 70
Air Force 44 FINAL
Abilene Christian 80
Hampton 53 FINAL
James Madison 85
American Univ 64 FINAL
MD-Eastern Shore 52
Texas Southern 63 FINAL
TX A&M-CC 68
Tenn Tech 49 FINAL
NC A&T 54
Presbyterian 45 FINAL
NC Central 33
Penn 58 FINAL
Drexel 67
Lipscomb 38 FINAL
Xavier 62
Vermont 40 FINAL
Green Bay 60
Charleston Southern 70 FINAL
UNC-Wilmington 80
Ohio Christian 62 FINAL
Akron 97
Jacksonville 62 FINAL
Murray State 80
(17) Rutgers 66 FINAL
Iona 58
Indiana 88 FINAL
Oakland 61
Indiana State 64 FINAL
SMU 55
Denver 51 FINAL
Purdue 65
TX-San Antonio 48 FINAL
Texas Tech 64
Middle Tennessee 79
Campbell 66 FINAL
Bethune-Cookman 55
Florida A&M 67 FINAL
SE Louisiana 69
Northwestern St 61 FINAL
Jackson State 62
Lehigh 61 FINAL
Arizona State 81
Valparaiso 65 FINAL
SIU-Edwardsville 77
Liberty 60 FINAL
Minnesota 74
Wofford 60 FINAL
North Florida 68
Montana State 61 FINAL
Washington St 82
Marshall 56 FINAL
(22) West Virginia 69
Morgan State 40 FINAL
Chattanooga 55
Northeastern 65 FINAL
Harvard 67
Furman 51 FINAL
(15) Georgia 58
(18) Michigan State 65 FINAL
(9) Baylor 84
Ohio U 52 FINAL
Massachusetts 59
Prairie View 48 FINAL
Texas-El Paso 86
Toledo 64 FINAL
Southern Ill 48
High Point 57 FINAL
(12) Nebraska 83
Winthrop 20 FINAL
Wichita State 66
William Jewell 59 FINAL
Louisiana Tech 52 FINAL
Utah 67
Southern Utah 51 FINAL
Gonzaga 70
Hawaii 85 FINAL
Loyola Marymount 76
San Jose St 62 FINAL
San Francisco 77
CS-Northridge 65 FINAL
San Diego State 54
Norfolk State 36 FINAL
East Carolina 65
Saint Peters 49 FINAL
Loyola-Maryland 59
Arizona 60 FINAL
Stephen F Austin 72
Northwestern 92 FINAL
Eastern Illinois 44
Oral Roberts 52 FINAL
Wisconsin 70
Florida Atlantic 44 FINAL
New Mexico St 57
La Salle 76 FINAL
Georgia State 68
(16) Oregon State 73 FINAL
Nevada 50
Sacred Heart 72 2nd Half 1:20
Villanova 49
Delaware 55 2nd Half 5:12
Cincinnati 55
Troy 58 2nd Half 6:56
Tennessee St 62
Saint Louis 27 2nd Half
Utah Valley U 24
Washington 20 1st Half 7:17
UC-Riverside 27
Pacific 13 1st Half 11:23
Long Beach St 6
Old Dominion 31 1st Half 6:05
Miami-Ohio 25
Austin Peay 9:00 PM
Lewis-Clark State 9:00 PM
(21) Miss State 9:30 PM
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