Four-star senior guard Jamal Mashburn Jr., the son of the former Kentucky and NBA standout, is officially visiting Richard Pitino and the Gophers this weekend. Mashburn's father was coached by Rick Pitino at Kentucky.
The Gophers went 22-14 and reached the NCAA tournament's second round last season. But preseason predictions can't seem to look beyond the team losing three starters, including Amir Coffey and Jordan Murphy.
High school guard Ty Berry had concerns about the Gophers until he visited campus last week: "It improved my perspective on Minnesota. At first, I was a little skeptical and didn't know how I was going to like it and all that."
Minnehaha Academy's junior center Chet Holmgren was one of the hottest prospects in the country even before his video with Stephen Curry went viral last week. Holmgren's the Gophers' No. 1 target in the 2021 class.
Daniel Oturu, Payton Willis and Alihan Demir lead the Gophers to an opening exhibition victory Tuesday in Italy over Stella Azzurra Academy. It was the U's first of three games on foreign tour this week.