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    Only way I would take Wright is if he were to redshirt. We are going to need a PG of some sort in the '18 class so it does somewhat make sense but I'd hate to have them both in the same class.

    Personally, I always thought Washington was better, I just didn't ever think we'd land him. Even then, I thought Davison was the guy I'd rather have among the in-state PG's in '17. There's been quite a bit of talk as it relates to Kalscheur in the '18 class as far as someone who we really wouldn't get that excited about if he wasn't from here and that's what Wright is to me.


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    Could it be that the staff, having built a relationship with him, is just reaching out to help him find a landing spot? I think it would make sense to maintain goodwill with the home state kids, especially given the AAU connections and whatnot. I don't think it has to mean that we're actively recruiting him for a scholarship position.

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    Quote Originally Posted by C'Mon Man View Post
    Could it be that the staff, having built a relationship with him, is just reaching out to help him find a landing spot? I think it would make sense to maintain goodwill with the home state kids, especially given the AAU connections and whatnot. I don't think it has to mean that we're actively recruiting him for a scholarship position.
    I think if they can find away to open a scholarship they'd take him a heart beat

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    Quote Originally Posted by salzie View Post
    I think if they can find away to open a scholarship they'd take him a heart beat
    Very possible although I believe there are more pressing needs. Likely ends any shot of Tre coming here as well.

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    Gas, from all accounts, is a very smart kid. Since student-athletes are required to take summer classes, it is very possible that he is on track to graduate at the end of the semester, or at the end of the summer. His graduation would open up that extra scholly. Unlike transferring, I think graduating is something that is not released publicly until their grades are in and they are 100% graduating.

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    Quote Originally Posted by DLguy View Post
    Gas, from all accounts, is a very smart kid. Since student-athletes are required to take summer classes, it is very possible that he is on track to graduate at the end of the semester, or at the end of the summer. His graduation would open up that extra scholly. Unlike transferring, I think graduating is something that is not released publicly until their grades are in and they are 100% graduating.
    He's not graduating this summer, he is a mid year junior scholastically, he's only been on campus 2 1/2 years.

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    Quote Originally Posted by oleboy41 View Post
    I'm not an expert on these things but I don't think having a 3 man recruiting class comprised of three 6 ft guards is a great strategy
    Harris is probably a shooting guard exclusively, which means our PG depth after this year consists of:

    Washington (So)

    Doesn't this look a lot better?

    Washington (So), Wright (So)

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    We have 13 scholarships and we only need 8 players at any time...we use the other 5 to prepare the team for the future either by developing the younger players or for players like Stockman who need to sit out a year. Pitino has showed a huge interest in having players who can handle the ball. Harris is a combo guard not a shooting guard. McBrayer has this role too...he can play the point when Mason is out. Coffey is also adept handling the ball and capable of playing point. So the article says he was told they would play two points. We need two things: guards and centers...we are fine at PF and SF. What we don't need is wasted scholarships and a lot of our improvement can be traced to simply not wasting so many scholarships. Gilbert didn't pan out but Gaston has had 3 years of nearly no contributions and it is safe to say that he won't be contributing next year either. If he wants to play, Pitino can find a spot for him somewhere in a smaller conference or something. If they are talking to Wright, it would be this scenario that is most likely. It would be awesome too as it would help balance the classes...5 players in one class is hard to fill....it's one thing to get one great player a class but trying to get 5 is virtually impossible for a school like Minnesota. Let's hope Gaston finds a place he can play and contribute...there are over 300 D1 teams and my guess is he would be a starter on many of them...but not those top 100 teams.

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    IMO after watching several of Harris's games online, at this stage he is exclusively a two guard and anybody who is saying he is a combo guard is basing that exclusively off of his height and not on his skill set. He'd have a very mediocre to below average handle, speed and quickness for someone handling Big Ten PG duties. He never blew by anyone when I watched him and had a few TO's when he tried to handle it too much. When their starting PG was on the bench (jellyfam member Jordan Walker), they had other guys bring the ball up over Jamir ( Al-Amir Dawes who has a gopher offer).

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    Quote Originally Posted by EG#9 View Post
    I don't get the hand wringing over available scholarships. Pitino knows whether he has a scholarship to give or not and having two departures instead of just one would make the Stockman thing make a little more sense. That said, I don't understand the interest (and again this could be a local hoops politics thing) in adding another short guard to the roster if a scholarship was available. Two unlikely scenarios would explain the interest: 1. The Gophers are trying to get Wright to take a year at a prep school and then be our 2018 PG recruit as we are recruiting PG's in that class or 2. Washington or Harris won't be a Gopher for reasons that are not clear to us right now.
    Don't even say such things.

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    I know the NCAA frowns upon such things, but is there any chance they move Gaston to some sort of academic scholarship? School is basically all he's staying around for, which is fine. But he's not going to play and I'm sure he understands that.

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    Quote Originally Posted by howeda7 View Post
    I know the NCAA frowns upon such things, but is there any chance they move Gaston to some sort of academic scholarship? School is basically all he's staying around for, which is fine. But he's not going to play and I'm sure he understands that.
    If programs could transition athletic scholarship athletes to "academic" scholarships, then every team would do that and would have 17-20 players on "scholarship" of some sort.

    Go Gophers!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by BleedGopher View Post
    If programs could transition athletic scholarship athletes to "academic" scholarships, then every team would do that and would have 17-20 players on "scholarship" of some sort.

    Go Gophers!!
    In this case I'm saying he wouldn't be on the team.

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    Quote Originally Posted by oleboy41 View Post
    I'm not an expert on these things but I don't think having a 3 man recruiting class comprised of three 6 ft guards is a great strategy
    If Wright were to come to MN, I think either him or Harris redshirt.

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