A practice facility has been the talk amongst Gopher fans since Tubby Smith arrived at the University of Minnesota. That is pretty much where it's started and ended with...talk. We know that there are plans in the works, but in 6 seasons, there has not been any funding finalized or ground broken. Some people think we need a practice facility to win, others think that it's not a necessity. Of course it's not a necessity like food, air and water (and college basketball for many of us) - but I will tell you, it sure would help our hoops program.
The University of Nebraska staff was kind enough to give me a private tour when I was in Lincoln for the Gopher football game last fall. I've got to say, it's a huge selling point. I can't imagine a 16 year old kid coming into the Hendricks Training Complex and not be impressed. I was given my tour at about 10pm on a Saturday night, and there were players that were taking advantage of this beautiful facility. They have a place to go 24/7 to watch film, practice, eat, or just kick back and watch TV with their friends and teammates. With the U, court time is limited and our players don't have the chance to just shoot around whenever they like. This facility hasn't made Nebraska a winner yet, but I'm sure that Tim Miles will use this as another tool to get recruits, and sell the program. For those of you that haven't had the opportunity to see this beautiful complex, here are some of my photos:
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