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Continued: Hartman: Former North Star Parise enjoys son's play with Wild

  • Article by: SID HARTMAN , Star Tribune
  • Last update: January 8, 2015 - 10:42 PM

Diedhiou, a 6-9 center, might be a project and not ready to contribute as a freshman. Lofton, a 6-4 guard transfer from Illinois State who was suspended for the final three games of the season for undisclosed reasons, attended St. Bernard’s for two years and then, when the school closed, he transferred to Columbia Heights and became the leading scorer. The 6-11 Konate also had offers from Tulane, Mississippi and Louisville.

All three players have until late May to sign their national letters of intent. None has enrolled at Minnesota as yet.

Meanwhile, Richard Pitino and his wife, Jill, are celebrating the birth of a baby boy named Jack, a new brother for their daughter, Ava.

Jottings

• Vikings season ticket sales for their first year at TCF Bank Stadium are going well, with just over 70 percent renewed. The Vikings expect that number to reach the low-to-mid 80s. The team also has sold over 1,000 new season ticket packages. … Meanwhile, the TCF Bank Stadium turf is torn up while new turf with heating coils underneath is being installed. The word is the project will be completed by early June so the Vikings will be able to occasionally practice there before the season starts.

• What will retiring Timberwolves coach Rick Adelman’s role be as a team consultant? “We talked a little bit about it,” said Flip Saunders, Wolves president of basketball operations. “One, Rick’s been in the league a long time. He has a great understanding of the players in the league and I think we’ll use him a lot as a sounding board. Whether you talk to him about players, whether you talk to him about when he’s watching games. Just little things he can do to help out our team. I think it’s one of those things that’s going to evolve. Anyone that has the knowledge Rick has, we’re going to utilize him, there’s no question, as much as we can, but still give him the freedom that he wants.”

• Pitcher Reggie Meyer of Totino-Grace signed early with the Gophers baseball team. His older brother, Ben, is a junior pitcher with the Gophers. Their father, Bob Meyer, played for the Gophers in 1982, John Anderson’s first year as head coach.

• One negative about future Gophers hockey schedules is that they won’t play North Dakota for two years.

• Twins pitching prospect Alex Meyer pitched his best game of the year for Class AAA Rochester on Wednesday, striking out 11 batters in 6⅔ innings while allowing only three hits and no runs in a no-decision. Meyer has now allowed two earned runs or fewer in three of his four starts.

 

Sid Hartman can be heard weekdays on 830-AM at 7:40, 8:40 and 9:20 a.m. and on Sundays at 9:30 a.m. shartman@startribune.com

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