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Gophers
June 9
Prep star from Cottage Grove: 'We have to use the platform that we have'

Prep star from Cottage Grove: 'We have to use the platform that we have'

Kendall Brown, who now plays for Sunrise Christian Academy in Kansas, was frustrated that the rioting after George Floyd's death took away from protests and donation drives that people were involved with locally.
Gophers
June 5
Talking about race: Ex-Gophers player wants to connect urban, rural kids

Talking about race: Ex-Gophers player wants to connect urban, rural kids

New Benilde-St. Margaret's coach Damian Johnson wants to bring inner city and rural Minnesota kids together to talk about race and build future relationships.
Gophers
June 1
Utah transfer, former Austin star Gach lists Gophers in his final five

Utah transfer, former Austin star Gach lists Gophers in his final five

Utah transfer Both Gach, a former Austin standout, announced his top five schools Monday, which included the Gophers. The 6-7 Gach could pursue an NCAA waiver to play immediately in 2020-21.
Gophers
May 29
Gophers coach Richard Pitino

Pitino on a return to campus: 'Most important thing is safety'

Gophers men's basketball coach Richard Pitino talked Thursday during a Strib Live virtual town hall about player safety returning to campus and how the pandemic could change his sport.
Gophers
May 24
Gophers land talented Turkish guard Mutaf for 2020-21 season

Gophers land talented Turkish guard Mutaf for 2020-21 season

The 6-foot-6 guard from Istanbul was a member of Turkey's junior national team. He picked Minnesota over Arkansas, but was also being recruited by SEC, Big East and Pac-12 schools.
Gophers
May 19
Jeff Mailhot

Hopkins graduate Mailhot returns as U men's basketball assistant

Former Iona assistant and Minneapolis native Jeff Mailhot was officially announced as the third member of Gophers basketball coach Richard Pitino's staff Monday. Mailhot will try to help Pitino keep the best players in Minnesota from leaving the state.
Gophers
May 12
U hoops mailbag: Is Pitino's next recruit a talented Turkish guard?

U hoops mailbag: Is Pitino's next recruit a talented Turkish guard?

The Gophers are pursuing 17-year-old Turkish guard David Mutaf, who could fill one of their two remaining scholarships for next season. Plus coaching staff questions and more.
Gophers
May 11
After changing mind about Gophers, Peterson commits to Southern Cal

After changing mind about Gophers, Peterson commits to Southern Cal

Rice transfer and former Gophers recruit Drew Peterson committed Monday night to Southern California. He chose Minnesota last month but changed his mind four days later.
Gophers
May 7
Minnesota Lynx guard Rachel Banham and Andre Hollins combined for more than 600 three-pointers at the University of Minnesota during their career.

'HORSE' showdown: Watch former U stars Hollins, Banham battle for charity

Former high-scoring U guards Rachel Banham and Andre Hollins competed to help raise awareness and support for Be The Match, the leader in bone marrow transplants.
Gophers
April 23
Brandon Johnson

New U basketball recruit using Jordan documentary for motivation

Recently-signed Gophers recruit and Western Michigan graduate transfer Brandon Johnson is drawing inspiration from the ESPN documentary on Michael Jordan and the Chicago Bulls. Johnson is a Chicago native.
Gophers
April 22
Hopkins guard Kerwin Walton (12) jumped for a two-point shot Cooper guard Broderick Powell Jr. (1) and Cooper forward Jeffrey Cooper (5) in the second

Gophers hoops mailbag: Questions on big men, local recruiting and more

Answering your questions about big men, including Chet Holmgren of Minnehaha Academy, transfers and upping the Gophers' local recruiting game.
Gophers
April 16
Pitino navigates uncertain transfer rules, unsure of Carr's future at U

Pitino navigates uncertain transfer rules, unsure of Carr's future at U

Gophers coach Richard Pitino said that he isn't sure when guard Marcus Carr will make a decision about the NBA draft and that the situation isn't ideal for roster management.
Gophers
April 16
Gophers men's hoops signs transfers Liam Robbins and Brandon Johnson

Gophers men's hoops signs transfers Liam Robbins and Brandon Johnson

The Gophers men's basketball team officially added transfers Liam Robbins and Brandon Johnson after they signed Wednesday to open the late signing period.
Gophers
April 10
U hoops Mitchell working hard on developing during pandemic

U hoops Mitchell working hard on developing during pandemic

Martice Mitchell is trying to make the most out of his long days at home in Chicago this spring. School is different now. Workouts are different now. Everything is different.
Gophers
April 7
Drake's Liam Robbins, left, heads to the basket as Illinois State's Matt Chastain defends during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game in

U men's hoops mailbag: The next center, transfers, Pitino's 2020 staff

Gophers hoops mailbag questions answered from out Star Tribune readers about Drake transfer Liam Robbins being eligible next season, if Kerwin Walton will be the next to commit to the program and more.
Gophers
April 3
Next Amir Coffey? U recruiting Rice transfer who resembles him

Next Amir Coffey? U recruiting Rice transfer who resembles him

Coach Richard Pitino and his staff are recruiting Rice transfer Drew Peterson, who has skills that remind some people of the former Gophers standout.
Gophers
April 2
Toughening up: U adds Mississippi St. to men's basketball schedule

Toughening up: U adds Mississippi St. to men's basketball schedule

The Gophers are also set to play in a four-team tournament next season that includes Marquette as part of their nonconference schedule.
Gophers
April 1
Four-star Hopkins guard Walton has Gophers among six finalists

Four-star Hopkins guard Walton has Gophers among six finalists

The 6-foot-5 senior sharpshooter doesn't have a date for his announcement yet, but the spring signing period runs from April 15 to May 20.
Gophers
March 31
New U basketball assistant? Eight coaches with Minnesota ties

New U basketball assistant? Eight coaches with Minnesota ties

The Gophers have two scholarships still to use in the 2020 class, so they likely won't take long to hire a replacement for Rob Jeter, the new Western Illinois head coach.
Gophers
March 28
Quinnipiac's Kevin Marfo tried to obstruct Villanova's Phil Booth during a game in November 2018 in Philadelphia.

NCAA's rebounding leader, U grad transfer target picks Texas A&M

Quinnipiac graduate transfer Kevin Marfo, who led the nation in rebounding this season, picks Texas A&M on Saturday. Marfo had the Gophers among his five finalists.
Gophers
March 26
Q&A with Pitino: Keeping up with U basketball, recruits and more

Q&A with Pitino: Keeping up with U basketball, recruits and more

Richard Pitino talked about life at home with his family during the virus crisis, the challenge of communicating with his team and more with college basketball writer Marcus Fuller.
Gophers
March 25
Rob Jeter

Western Illinois expected to hire U assistant as men's basketball coach

Gophers assistant Rob Jeter, who has worked on Richard Pitino's staff the last two seasons, was offered the job to be the next head coach at Western Illinois. Jeter was previous head coach at Milwaukee.
Gophers
March 24
Minnesota Golden Gophers center Daniel Oturu (25) dunked over Iowa Hawkeyes forward Ryan Kriener (15) in the first half.] Jerry Holt •Jerry.Holt@sta

Gophers Hoops Mailbag: Life after Oturu? What happened with Pitts?

Gophers basketball fans have questions and we have answers, including on how Richard Pitino's team will look with star center Daniel Oturu leaving for the NBA Draft.
Gophers
March 18
Minnesota Gophers center Daniel Oturu (25) played good defense on Nebraska Cornhuskers guard Thorir Thorbjarnarson (34) in the first half at Williams

U's Oturu reaching out for info about his NBA draft chances

Richard Pitino said the Gophers sent in paperwork for sophomore center Daniel Oturu to the NBA's Undergraduate Advisory Committee, which provides feedback to prospects about their draft chances.
Gophers
March 17
'Can't wait to get there.' Jamal Mashburn Jr. on his U basketball future

'Can't wait to get there.' Jamal Mashburn Jr. on his U basketball future

Brewster Academy (N.H.) four-star guard Jamal Mashburn Jr. talks about Richard Pitino, his senior year and playing for the Gophers next season in a Q&A recently with the Star Tribune.