Gophers basketball team spreads leadership role around


per Marcus:

The opener is less than five weeks away, but the Gophers men’s basketball team hasn’t named any captains yet for the upcoming season.

There are a few reasons for that.

For one, there aren’t two seniors on this year’s roster who can replace Jordan Murphy and Dupree McBrayer, who were the heart and soul of the program after experiencing highs and lows together during four years at the U.

Minnesota also lacks a definitive go-to guy such as guard Amir Coffey, who carried the Gophers into the NCAA tournament last season.

Mostly, though, Richard Pitino hasn’t named a captain yet because he wants all his players to place that responsibility upon themselves.

“Everybody should be a leader in a different type of way,” Pitino said Wednesday at Big Ten media day. “I think we’ve got a locker room filled with gym rats that live in the gym. I think that starts with Gabe Kalscheur, Payton Willis and Marcus Carr. They live in there. Michael Hurt and Alihan Demir as well. They’ve got to push each other every single day.”

Go Gophers!!

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