“It’s obviously big time to have an offer from the home state,” Heide said. “I’ve grown up here my whole life. I got to go to a lot of Gophers games when I was a kid."
The 6-foot-6 Heide is the state's top-ranked junior and No. 39 in 247Sports.com’s 2022 composite ranking. He is recovering from foot surgery and will be sidelined when his D1 Minnesota 17U team makes its summer debut Saturday in the Jammin' in July tournament in Ames, Iowa.
Despite being sidelined, Heide was bombarded by calls from coaches last month when they were allowed to contact 2022 prospects for the first time. He picked up new offers from Arizona, Marquette, Texas, Virginia Tech, Xavier, and Creighton already this summer. Purdue was the first Big Ten offer last year. Minnesota came shortly after and has been heavily involved.
"I have a great relationship with the coaching staff," Heide said of Pitino and his assistant coaches.