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Continued: Hartman: Penn State linebackers should help Vikings

  • Article by: SID HARTMAN , Star Tribune
  • Last update: May 2, 2013 - 12:37 AM

With four first-round picks in 2009, Kahn selected Ricky Rubio fifth, Jonny Flynn sixth, Ty Lawson 18th and Wayne Ellington 28th overall. Lawson was traded on draft night to Denver.

In 2010 he selected Wesley Johnson fourth overall and made a deal for Lazar Hayward, the 30th overall pick, right after he was picked by Washington.

In 2011 he selected Derrick Williams second overall.

So four years into his tenure, the current Wolves squad has only two of those seven first-round picks.

Flynn was a piece of the trade for Brad Miller during the 2011 NBA draft, then split the 2011-12 season between Houston and Portland and signed with the Melbourne Tigers of the Australian National Basketball League in November of 2012.

Ellington played three seasons with the Wolves and was then traded to Memphis in 2012 for Dante Cunningham. Cunningham had a good year with the Wolves this season, averaging 8.7 points and 5.1 rebounds per game.

Johnson was traded to the Phoenix Suns for a second-round draft choice after two seasons with the Wolves.

Hayward played 42 games in his first year in Minnesota before being traded to Oklahoma City for two second-round draft picks and Robert Vaden. He briefly re-signed with the Wolves in December of 2012 but was waived by the team the following month.

Jottings

• Former Gophers athletic director Joel Maturi said his 10-day trip to China to teach some classes turned out well. The Chinese were so impressed with Maturi that they tried to talk him into coaching basketball in China.

• Former Gophers quarterback MarQueis Gray, who signed as an undrafted free agent with the 49ers, said he didn’t get an offer from the Vikings. … Gophers football coaches believe cornerback Michael Carter, who had a great senior season and is taking part in the Vikings tryout camp this weekend, has a good chance to make it in the NFL. They say Carter lacks outstanding speed, but he makes up for it with other abilities.

• Tubby Smith kept only director of operations Joe Esposito from his Gophers basketball staff on his new Texas Tech staff. Ron Jirsa and Vince Taylor, who were his two top assistants at Minnesota, were not hired. The job for Esposito opened up when Steve Goodson, who at first agreed to accompany Smith to Texas Tech, accepted the director of basketball operations position under new coach Richard Pitino at Minnesota.

• Former Gophers standout Thomas Vanek might be available to the Wild if things don’t work out at Buffalo. When Buffalo traded captain Jason Pominville to the Wild and former Gopher Jordan Leopold to St. Louis, Vanek made it clear he didn’t want any part of a rebuilding program with the Sabres.

“Let’s be honest,” Vanek told reporters in Buffalo. “I’m not stupid. I know I have a year left [on my contract] and they can deal me for prospects, young guys and whatever else is out there. … It looks like a long rebuild, then it probably makes sense for both parties to move on.”

 

Sid Hartman can be heard weekdays on 830-AM at 6:40, 7:40 and 8:40 a.m. and on Sundays at 9:30 a.m. shartman@startribune.com

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