Gophers wide receiver Melvin Holland Jr., who played three games on special teams before suffering a season-ending ankle injury, announced Tuesday that he is transferring after he graduates in the spring.

"I would like to thank Coach [Jerry] Kill and his staff as well as Coach [P.J.] Fleck and his staff for letting me play at this institution and continue my education," Holland wrote, adding "this was the best decision for me.''

The Ashburn, Va., native caught two passes as a freshman and made one special teams tackle this season. Two other receivers, junior Rashad Still and sophomore Hunter Register, announced earlier this week they will transfer.

Barber on third team

Gophers sophomore linebacker Thomas Barber earned All-Big Ten third-team honors from media members. Sophomore defensive end Carter Coughlin, senior defensive tackle Steven Richardson, junior kicker Emmit Carpenter and senior punter Ryan Santoso received honorable mentions.

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Volleyball honors for 3

Three Gophers volleyball players — hitters Alexis Hart and Stephanie Samedy and setter Samantha Seliger-Swenson — were named All-Big Ten, the conference announced. It's the third-straight All-Big Ten honor for Seliger-Swenson.

Hot prep hoops ticket

Tickets for the Minnehaha Academy at Apple Valley boys' basketball game Dec. 7 will go on sale from 10:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Wednesday at Apple Valley High School and Monday through Wednesday of next week.

The 7 p.m., game, which will be on ESPNU, will feature Duke-bound, top-rated point guard Tre Jones of the host Eagles against RedHawks sophomore point guard Jalen Suggs, regarded as high as No. 3 and the leader of his 2020 class.

Tickets cost $5 for students K-12, $7 for adults.


• Gophers junior forward Sophie Skarzynski was named the WCHA offensive player of the week. She had six assists as Minnesota swept host Lindenwood 3-1 and 4-3 in overtime.

• Four NSIC women's soccer players were named to the NCAA Division II All-Central Region first team: defender Miranda Famestad and forward Rachael Norton, both of Bemidji State, and defender Abby Nordeen and midfielder Alesha Duccini, both of Minnesota State Mankato.

• Sioux Falls forward Drew Guebert, a junior from Apple Valley, was named the U.S. Basketball Writers Association's Division II player of the week. He averaged 32 points in two wins.