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April 28
New Gophers men’s basketball coach Ben Johnson receives his own number from athletic director Mark Coyle on March 23.

Ben Johnson's contract approved by university's Board of Regents

The board held a special meeting to approve the five-year deal, which puts the men's basketball coach's salary at 13th among the 14 Big Ten coaches.
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April 23
Gophers guard Marcus Carr drove to the basket past North Dakota forward Filip Rebraca December 4

North Dakota grad transfer Rebraca picks Iowa over Gophers

The Gophers were working hard to land North Dakota big man Filip Rebraca, but he announced that he's going to the Hawkeyes next season.
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April 18
Former Gophers forward Jarvis Omersa (shown dunking against Loyola Marymount in December) announced Sunday he is transferring to St. Thomas.

Ex-Gophers forward Omersa commits to St. Thomas

The former Orono standout opted out last season with the Gophers and entered the transfer portal. He's the Tommies' third Division I transfer.
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April 16
Parker Fox led Northern State in scoring the past two seasons. This season, he averaged 22.3 points and 9.9 rebounds per game.

Stepping up: Division II All American Fox chooses Gophers

Parker Fox, who is from Mahtomedi, will try to prove he can play at a higher level by returning home after he committed Thursday night to play for the U.
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April 15
Theo John averaged 8.2 points and 5.2 rebounds in 26 games last season for Marquette.

U contacts ex-Champlin Park star Theo John, who's been at Marquette

The Marquette senior heard from the Gophers after entering the NCAA transfer portal this week. He is deciding whether to play one more college season.
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April 11
New Hampshire’s Sean Sutherlin played against UConn in December 2019.

New Hampshire transfer and former Irondale guard Sean Sutherlin picks Gophers

The New Hampshire graduate transfer is the fourth commitment for new Gophers basketball coach Ben Johnson
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April 10
Minnesota guard Gabe Kalscheur took an outside shot as Maryland guard Eric Ayala reached to block in the first half.

Former Gophers guard Gabe Kalscheur will transfer to Iowa State

The former DeLaSalle star was one of eight players from the Gophers in the transfer portal from last season.
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April 9
New Gophers assistant Dave Thorson talked to his DeLaSalle team in 2015. He later was an assistant at Drake and Colorado State.

New U basketball assistants hitting the ground running in recruiting

North Dakota transfer Filip Rebraca enjoyed his video call with new Gophers coach Ben Johnson and his staff, including assistants Dave Thorson and Jason Kemp.
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April 2
Transfers from Lafayette and William & Mary commit to Gophers men's basketball

Transfers from Lafayette and William & Mary commit to Gophers men's basketball

The 6-4 Luke Loewe and 6-3 E.J. Stephens are the second and third commitments for Gophers coach Ben Johnson.
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March 30
Martice Mitchell (2) celebrated on the bench during a December victory.

Gophers freshman Martice Mitchell enters transfer portal

The 6-10 center from Chicago played sparingly this season.
March 27
Chet Holmgren, Minnehaha Academy Redhawks

Holmgren on Ben Johnson's hiring: 'I see him doing really good things'

Chet Holmgren, the No. 1 high school prospect in the nation, said he's talked to new Gophers coach Ben Johnson. But Minnesota isn't the favorite to get Holmgren.
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March 24
Parker Fox swoops in for Northern State

High-flying Division II transfer Fox has talked to Gophers about transfer

Parker Fox of Mahtomedi, a 6-6 All-America from Northern State, has chatted with Ben Johnson, and has Minnesota on a long list of schools he's checking out.
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March 23
Gophers assistant coach Ed Conroy watched Tre Williams during a practice.

Gophers look ready to invest more in Johnson's coaching staff

Ben Johnson is a first-time head coach at any level, and AD Mark Coyle has spoken of the need to increase the assistant coaching salary pool.
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March 22
Former Minnesota assistant Ben Johnson listened to head coach Richard Pitino during a 2017 home game. Johnson is at Xavier now.

Would Gophers hire an assistant to be next men's basketball coach?

Before Penn State hired an assistant to be its head coach recently, that hadn't happened in the Big Ten since 2013.
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March 19
Minnesota guard Marcus Carr drove to the basket vs. Iowa.

Marcus Carr enters transfer portal but keeping options open for next year

The All-Big Ten point guard is expected to go through the NBA draft process again before making a decision about his final year of college eligibility.
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March 17
Gophers' Mashburn enters NCAA transfer portal; will others follow?

Gophers' Mashburn enters NCAA transfer portal; will others follow?

Jamal Mashburn Jr., the top recruit Richard Pitino's 2020 class, is seeking a new start. It's a path others could take as well with a new coaching staff on its way in for 2021-22.
March 12
Marcus Carr

Carr gets emotional after what could be his last game with Gophers

Star point guard Marcus Carr scores 24 points Thursday in season-ending loss to Ohio State in the Big Ten tournament.
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March 11
Another strong defensive effort is key for Gophers in Big Ten tournament matchup with Ohio State

Another strong defensive effort is key for Gophers in Big Ten tournament matchup with Ohio State

The Gophers are coming off their lowest scoring game in a win since 2009, but defense helped them advance in Indianapolis
March 10
Gophers coach Richard Pitino and guard Marcus Carr (5).

Can Marcus Carr carry Gophers in Big Ten tourney opener?

What to watch for in tonight's Big Ten men's basketball tournament opener in Indianapolis.
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March 9
Gabe Kalscheur (22) and Liam Robbins (0) battled for a rebound against Purdue this season.

Robbins, Kalscheur won't play in Big Ten tournament opener Wednesday

Richard Pitino had hoped center Liam Robbins could return for the Big Ten tournament vs. Northwestern after sitting out with a badly sprained ankle.