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An (early) projected lineup for Gophers men's basketball

Now that Richard Pitino finalized his Gophers basketball roster for the 2018-19 season, it's time to look ahead toward the projected lineup and updated scholarship chart. 

Pitino's team next season will be missing the most accomplished player during his tenure in Minnesota with the graduation of point guard Nate Mason, who finished his career fifth in scoring and second in assists in team history. Also departed were Bakary Konate and Gaston Diedhiou to graduation, along with Davonte Fitzgerald and Jamir Harris to transfer. 

Compared to what the Gophers lose, they've added more potential impact players for next season and beyond, including Division I transfers Brock Stull, Marcus Carr and Payton Willis and high school recruits Daniel Oturu, Jarvis Omersa and Gabe Kalscheur. 

Minnesota's returning talent is also strong with potential starters Jordan Murphy, Amir Coffey, Isaiah Washington, Dupree McBrayer and Eric Curry. The challenge for Pitino will be getting players like Coffey (shoulder), McBrayer (leg) and Oturu (shoulder) healthy by the fall.

Also, the rotations will be interesting at center between Curry, Oturu and senior Matz Stockman, and at off guard Dupree McBrayer and Brock Stull. The wild card will be if Pittsburgh transfer Marcus Carr is ruled eligible to play immediately after sending a waiver to the NCAA this summer. Carr was a starting floor leader in the ACC as a freshman last season.

Depth is a good problem to have compared to last season when Reggie Lynch's suspension and expulsion and injuries to Coffey, Curry and McBrayer caused the Gophers to be thin in the post and backcourt. Below is my projected lineup right now. Remember it's early, so things could definitely change.

Projected starters

G -- Isaiah Washington 6-1 So

G -- Brock Stull 6-4 Sr/Dupree McBrayer 6-5 Sr

G -- Amir Coffey 6-8 Jr

F -- Jordan Murphy 6-7 Sr

F -- Eric Curry 6-9 So

Reserves

G -- Dupree McBrayer/Brock Stull

C -- Daniel Oturu 6-10 Fr

F -- Michael Hurt 6-7 Jr

F -- Jarvis Omersa 6-8 Fr

G -- Gabe Kalschuer 6-4 Fr

C -- Matz Stockman 7-1 Sr

Sitting out

G -- Marcus Carr 6-2 So*

G -- Payton Willis 6-4 Jr

* -- Asking the NCAA for a waiver to play in 2018-19

Gophers Basketball Scholarship Grid

Player

2018-19

2019-20

2020-21

2021-22

Dupree McBrayer

Senior

     X      X      X

Jordan Murphy

Senior

     X      X      X

Brock Stull

Senior

     X      X      X

Matz Stockman

RS Senior

     X      X      X

Amir Coffey

Junior

Senior

    X      X

Michael Hurt

Junior

Senior

    X      X

Payton Willis

Junior

RS Junior

RS Senior

    X

Marcus Carr*

Soph

RS Soph

RS Junior

RS Senior

Eric Curry

RS Soph

RS Junior

RS Senior

    X

Isaiah Washington

Soph

Junior

Senior

    X

Gabe Kalschuer

Frosh

Soph

Junior

Senior

Jarvis Omersa

Frosh

Soph

Junior

Senior

Daniel Oturu

Frosh

Soph

Junior

Senior

Stull could be the missing piece for the Gophers

Brock Stull had a lot of options to play at the Power Five level for his senior year, but he chose to follow the path of a former teammate from Wisconsin-Milwaukee to Minnesota.

Stull's commitment Tuesday to play for the Gophers could be the missing piece for helping them bounce back from a 15-17 season. Two seasons ago, former UW-Milwaukee guard Akeem Springs' impact in one season with the Gophers led to the first NCAA tournament under Richard Pitino. 

Stull, a 6-foot-4, 195-pound guard, averaged 13.4 points, 4.8 rebounds, 3.1 assists and shot 37.9 percent from three-point range for the Panthers as a junior last season. As a graduate transfer like Springs, Stull can play immediately but has only one year to make his presence felt.

Stull said getting to play in the Big Ten was “very special” for him having grown up in Illinois.

The Rockford, Ill. native made his decision while visiting the U campus Tuesday. Stull, who received interest from Xavier, Virginia, North Carolina State and Butler, gets to play again for his former Milwaukee coach Rob Jeter, one of Minnesota's new assistants.

“Being a Midwest kid, it’s all you want to do and for a really good team,” Stull told the Star Tribune about being in the Big Ten. “(It was) nice to get to spend time with those guys and get reunited with Jeter.” 

Springs, who played with Stull and for Jeter at Milwaukee, picked the Gophers for a similar reason having watched Big Ten games growing up in Waukegan, Ill. The 6-4 Springs averaged 9.5 points and shot 38.3 percent from three-point range in his one season at Minnesota. His toughness and leadership helped All-Big Ten guard Nate Mason on a team that went from eight to 24 wins in 2016-17.

Stull, who had five games with at least 20 points and nailed 72 three-pointers (sixth in the Horizon League) last season, gives Pitino another perimeter scorer to help replace Mason's 16.7 points per game. Stull could fill a similar leadership role that Springs provided, but this time to help Isaiah Washington, Amir Coffey, Dupree McBrayer and Gabe Kalschuer. Coffey and McBrayer will be coming back from injuries.

"I think having a guy who has been through it could absolutely help," Springs said. "Somebody to take the pressure off Isaiah. This will be the first year without Nate Mason. Especially during the summer, it’s going to be tough not having Nate Mason there. But (a grad transfer) takes pressure off  some of the young guys, because you don’t have to develop right now. You can take your time and develop." 

The Gophers put the finishing touches on a loaded 2018 recruiting class, which includes high school seniors Daniel Oturu, Jarvis Omersa and Kalschuer, along with transfers Marcus Carr and Payton Willis.

Willis, a 6-4 guard with two years remaining after transferring from Vanderbilt, will sit out the 2018-19 season. Carr, a 6-2 guard and three-year transfer from Pittsburgh, will try to be cleared by the NCAA to play next season.