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    Default Spring recruits/transfers only thread.

    Please no BS posts about coaches and philosophies and who cheats. Just info on Recruits and possible transfers.

    Recruits:

    Sherfield - he has one visit remaining should hear something soon

    Crowley - Does anyone know if we have reengaged with him?

    Freeman - news?

    Skogman - news?

    Tre Mitchell - is he really going to UMass? Still an option

    Ihnen - Coming in April, I hope we get him, would love to see him learn from Coffey for one year.

    Who else are we really in on?

    Transfers: All I've seen is who is on the transfer list. Kind of like talking about every HS senior as if they were in play to come be a Gopher. Does anyone know who we have been talking to?


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    Best article I've seen yet on Gopher spring recruiting:

    In terms of high school prospects the Gophers have set their targets as Grant Sherfield as a ball handler, Isaiah Ihnen as a four man, and Sam Freeman as the potential five. Sherfield visited Minnesota and the Gophers are considered a leader for Sherfield. Grant is taking an official visit to Wichita State this week. The question will then be, will Sherfield make a decision soon after? Ihnen is a 6-foot-9 four man visiting the Gopher campus the second half of April. The Gophers are one of three schools Isaiah - who is in Germany - will be taking official visits to. And Sam Freeman is a center from Texas who is expected to visit this April. Coach Richard Pitino is said to soon be going to visit him as well. With these being the key targets at the moment, expect the Gophers to have patience to see these recruits through. Assistant Kyle Lindsted is the lead on each of these prospects.

    Then of course there are transfers. Four different types: 1) mid-year, 2) transfer and sit, 3) graduate transfer, and 4) transfer and get a waiver. At the moment the waivers are a guessing game so we will just look at the other three types of transfers.

    Mid-Year: Minnesota did not have scholarships to give for a mid-year transfer and in my recollection they have not added a mid-year transfer in a long time. But to give you an example of the players that have mid-year transferred here is my top five in that category:
    1.Quadre Green - former 5-star recruit headed to Washington from Kentucky
    2.Carte'Are Gordon - 6'9 power forward who was a top 75 recruit, left Saint Louis for Dayton
    3.Jordan Usher - double figure capable scorer who will play for Georgia Tech next year (from USC)
    4.Micah Potter - 6-foot-9 junior that was giving Ohio State 4/2 before leaving for Wisconsin
    5.Chase Johnson - former 4-star recruit that signed at Florida, rarely played as a frosh and went to Dayton

    Transfer to Sit (and maybe have a waiver): At the moment I'm still catching up on the avalanche of transfers. So my list only includes a few of the recent names. Overall the best five transfers that would sit a year are likely:
    1.West Virginia 6-foot-8 sophomore Wesley Harris who started 17 games this year averaging eight points a contest
    2.Brown 6-foot-4 sophomore guard Desmond Cambridge, an underclassmen that has averaged 16/17 a game in the IVY league
    3.UNLV 6-foot-9 freshman forward Joel Ntambwe who averaged 12 points and five boards a game in his first year of college hoops
    4.Idaho 6-foot-3 freshman guard Cameron Tyson, a 43.5 percent three point shooter that scored 13.5 points per contest
    5.TCU 6-foot-2 point guard Jaylen Fisher. Fisher has scored 12 points a game when healthy but has lost many games to injury. Likely to get a medical

    Transfer to Sit (and make sense for Minnesota): The Gophers need depth up front and they need ball handlers. A couple of the names above makes sense for this group as well.
    1.UNLV 6-foot-9 freshman forward Joel Ntambwe is not only a talented frontcourt prospect but he committed to UNLV when current Minnesota assistant Rob Jeter was on staff in the winter of 2018. It's possible that there is no relationship at all between Jeter and Ntambwe or maybe they know each other well. Either way he is a talented frontcourt player to keep an eye on. Jonathan Tchamwa Tchatchoua is also a freshman that started there (4pt/4rb per) but he signed with UNLV after Jeter left.
    2.Jaylen Fisher is from Memphis much like Eric Curry. It's possible there is a hometown connection between the two that could help (it worked with Peyton Willis).
    3.It's already been reported that Minnesota has made contact with 6-foot-7 athletic scorer and shot blocker Anthony Duruji from Louisiana Tech. Duruji made 47 percent of his shots this year averaging 12 points and six boards.
    4.Xavier Bishop of UMKC. Bishop is very small and that is why some schools are turned off but he has heard from UCF and Nevada among many other programs. Scored 15.3 points per game last year with four assists a game. Pitino did take Mathieu at similar size (5-foot-8) but you have to wonder if he would do that again.
    5.UTEP 5-foot-10 sophomore Evan Gilyard scored 13.6 points per game and shot 36 percent at the arc this year, 38 percent overall. Another ball handler that Minnesota may be interested in and he is a couple inches bigger than Bishop.

    Graduate Transfers: The graduate transfers may make the most sense for the Gophers. Not only do they get a good veteran player for a year but they also add that scholarship to the 2020 class. Minnesota will want more than two scholarship for the 2020 group considering all the local talent and that guards like Jamal Mashburn Jr and Jahari Long have already visited.

    Here are my top dozen grad transfers (this list will be missing a few names, there are about 25 new transfers popping up every single day.
    1.James Bolden of West Virginia (6-foot-0 guard)
    2.Derrik Smits of Valpo (7-foot-1 center)
    3.Nate Sestina of Bucknell (6-foot-9 power forward)
    4.Pat Andree of Lehigh (6-foot-8 power forward)
    5.KJ Feagin of Santa Clara (6-foot-1 point guard) headed to San Diego State
    6.Rayjon Tucker Jr of Little Rock (6-foot-5 shooting guard)
    7.Luwane Pipkins of UMass (5-foot-11 point guard) headed to Providence
    8.Justin Pierce of William & Mary (6-foot-7 small forward)
    9.Donnell Gresham of Northeastern (6-foot-2 point guard)
    10.Haanif Cheatham of Florida Gulf Coast (6-foot-5 shooting guard)
    11.Tyrone Taylor II of UNCW (6-foot-3 shooting guard)
    12.Daniel Utomi of Akron (6-foot-6 small forward)

    Graduate Transfers for Minnesota: So what makes sense for Minnesota? Again, ball handlers and size. And when you add in the local angle...
    1.Donnell Gresham of Northeastern. Gresham is a guard that teammates love to compete with because of his character and aggressive nature, he's an improved three point shooter making (42/38 percent at the arc the last two years taking about five a game). Strong rebounder (5 a contest) at 6-foot-2 who scored almost ten points a game and dished out 3.1 assists. From St. Paul, played at Cretin-Derham Hall.
    2.Derrik Smits of Valpo. Visited Grand Canyon yesterday and has heard from schools like Arizona, Oklahoma, Georgia Tech, and many others (no mention of Minnesota but that doesn't mean Minnesota hasn't contacted). Smits is 7-foot-1 and put up 12 points and six rebounds a game this year shooting 60 percent from the field. Minnesota looked at Smits when he was in high school.
    3.Nate Sestina of Bucknell. Gophers need size and Sestina put up 16 points and 8.5 boards a game last year shooting 38 percent at the arc. Nate is 6-foot-9 and has so far lined up a visit with Kentucky.
    4.Matt Hauser of Santa Clara. Hauser missed this season because of a foot injury but will grad transfer and play next year. A double figure scoring lead guard that played 30 plus minutes a game as a sophomore and junior.
    5.James Bolden of West Virginia. Bolden played his last game for Bob Huggins on January 26th. He's a combo guard that scored 12 points a game shooting 40 percent from the field. Many schools are interested.
    6.Pat Andree of Lehigh. Pat is a 6-foot-8 power forward who shot 42 percent from the arc and scored 13 points a game with 6.2 boards this year.

    https://247sports.com/college/minnes...ets-130610480/
    Last edited by Otis; 03-28-2019 at 12:53 PM.

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    Ntambwe and one of Smits/Andree please for transfers. All three of the HS kids.

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    I didn't know we were in on Rik Smits' kid. Would be a nice fit with so much need down low. Let's get ourselves a Dunking Dutchman Jr!!

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    So he basically just looked at the transfer list, threw some names against the wall without actually looking into their fit here, just threw their stats on a page, no inclination if we're even interested or vice versa, etc.

    Yup, some real inside info there!

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    I watched Derrik Smits in person last month when Valpo played Drake. He's pretty smooth, with a reasonable jumper and good timing. The comparison to Matz Stockman is apt. I looked up his stats just now and was surprised that he only played about 22 minutes a game despite leading the team in scoring and rebounding.

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    Quote Originally Posted by RatherBeGolfing View Post
    So he basically just looked at the transfer list, threw some names against the wall without actually looking into their fit here, just threw their stats on a page, no inclination if we're even interested or vice versa, etc.

    Yup, some real inside info there!
    With all due respect, he's not going to post inside information in an article that can be read by everyone.

    The article summarizes very well what we already know. I am most interested if Sherfield will take visits after his Wichita St visit. If not, then it really has to be between Minnesota and Wichita. Hopefully his family relationship with Lindsted will pay off.

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    This is a good one. Lamont West , RS junior from WVU so should be a grad transfer. 6-8, 222 and averaged 11.1 PPG and 4.1 RPG and made at least 55 three's the last two years.

    http://www.espn.com/mens-college-bas...55/lamont-west

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    Surprised he didn't mention Shakur Juiston. He would be an ideal replacement for Murph, and coach Jeter was the associate head coach at UNLV during Juiston's Junior year.

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    Quote Originally Posted by die hard gopher View Post
    This is a good one. Lamont West , RS junior from WVU so should be a grad transfer. 6-8, 222 and averaged 11.1 PPG and 4.1 RPG and made at least 55 three's the last two years.

    http://www.espn.com/mens-college-bas...55/lamont-west
    No way on Lamont.I am a MinnesotaMountaineer and played with Huggins at WVU.As of now I don't think Lamont is transferring, have you heard different?Beetle Bolden is a different story, would love him as a Gopher but is injury prone.

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    Quote Originally Posted by D. McCardle View Post
    No way on Lamont.I am a MinnesotaMountaineer and played with Huggins at WVU.As of now I don't think Lamont is transferring, have you heard different?Beetle Bolden is a different story, would love him as a Gopher but is injury prone.
    He is transferring, it became public today.


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    Quote Originally Posted by die hard gopher View Post
    He is transferring, it became public today.


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    Not my kind of player. Poor shooter, not making others better.

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    Quote Originally Posted by builtbadgers View Post
    Not my kind of player. Poor shooter, not making others better.
    Huh? He made 55 three's two years ago at 33.7% and 64 three's at 33% this year all at the power 5 level. Who do you have in mind that is better than that and realistic? Curry? Omersa? Not a great rebounder but still, he'd be a perfect fit at PF although I'm sure he will have plenty of suitors and will be tough to get.
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    Quote Originally Posted by die hard gopher View Post
    Huh? He made 55 three's two years ago at 33.7% and 64 three's at 33% this year all at the power 5 level. Who do you have in mind that is better than that and realistic? Curry? Omersa? Not a great rebounder but still, he'd be a perfect fit at PF although I'm sure he will have plenty of suitors and will be tough to get.
    I'd be a lot more enthusiastic about him if he was a good rebounder, but then again, he'd probably be a lot harder to get if that were the case.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Keyser Söze View Post
    I'd be a lot more enthusiastic about him if he was a good rebounder, but then again, he'd probably be a lot harder to get if that were the case.
    Yep. If we want a grad transfer PF, we will likely have to chose between a stretch 4 that can shoot the 3 but is a weaker rebounder or a bruiser who can rebound but won't stretch the floor. West's numbers are similar to what Joey King put up senior year.

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