The long-awaited decision of graduate transfer Geno Crandall came Thursday afternoon when he announced on Twitter he would play for Gonzaga next season.
Crandall, a former North Dakota and DeLaSalle guard, picked the Zags over Minnesota and Xavier. The 6-4, 180-pound senior is expected to graduate this summer and will be immediately eligible to play.
The two-time All-Big Sky Conference performer averaged 16.6 points, 4.3 rebounds, 3.6 assists, 2.1 steals and shot 41.7 percent from three-point range as a junior.
The Minneapolis native played on three state championship teams at DeLaSalle.
Gophers coach Richard Pitino still has one scholarship remaining for next season after allowing 7-0 senior center Matz Stockman to transfer to California.
NSIC coach honored
Augustana's Tim Huber was named the NCAA Division II National Coach of the Year in baseball by the American Baseball Coaches Association and Diamond Sports. His Vikings won the College World Series in their division.
•Golfer Noah Rasinski, a sophomore at Concordia (St. Paul), will transfer to Minnesota and join the Gophers. The Lakeville South graduate won the NSIC individual title this past season and averaged a team-low 73.15 shots per round.
•Junior Emily Shilson of Centennial was ranked No. 1 at 100 pounds in the final 2017-18 national girls high school rankings compiled by USA Wrestling and FloWrestling.
•Gabriella Tomanka, 16, of Grapevine, Texas, shot a 1-over 73 at Edina Country Club to lead five sectional qualifiers — all from out of state — for the 2018 U.S. Women's Amateur from Aug. 6-12 in Kingston Springs, Tenn. Taylor Ledwein of New Prague, the winner of the MGA Women's Amateur Match Play Championship last month, tied for fifth with a 75 and is the second alternate after finishing third in a four-player playoff.
•Gopher alumnae Tori Dixon and Lauren Gibbemeyer helped Team USA beat Turkey 3-2 to win the gold medal at the first-ever FIVB Volleyball Nation's League championship last Sunday in Nanjing, China. Dixon was also named the tournament's best blocker. Dixon had seven kills and three blocks in the final.
•St. Mary's University athletic director Nikki Fennern resigned after 12 years.
•Open auditions for Timberwolves dancers will be held at 1 p.m. Saturday at Mayo Clinic Square, with registration starting at noon.