It was fitting that Royce White was sitting in the crowd watching Gophers freshman Amir Coffey's spectacular 30-point game in Friday's 92-86 win against St. John's.

The last time the U had a Minnesota recruit as highly rated as Coffey was when White, also a former Hopkins star, joined the program in 2009-10.

We'll never know what White could've done in a Gophers uniform since he transferred to Iowa State before playing in a game. But Coffey gave fans a glimpse into his immense potential Friday — and it's bigger maybe even than he realizes right now.

"Just trying to find myself," he said after scoring 30 points on 9-for-14 shooting from the field and 10-for-12 shooting from the foul line in 36 minutes. "It's a new system, new offense, new teammates. So just getting comfortable playing with these guys, trying to find myself."

When asked how he thought his first four college games have gone, Coffey answered with a shy smile: "Pretty good."

MARCUS FULLER