MN Daily: As Minnesota lacks depth, Isaiah Washington struggles to fill gaps


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Nov 11, 2008
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per the Daily:

Minnesota’s popular guard is going through something many players on Minnesota have dealt with early in their collegiate careers — a struggle to adjust to Division I play.

Heading into this season, the Gophers received a commitment from New York's Mr. Basketball, a top-100 recruit — Isaiah Washington — and so far he has shot 32 percent from the floor and a team-low 18 percent from 3-point range through the first 20 games of his freshman season.

Head coach Richard Pitino has seen this before. Pitino compared Washington’s situation to the Gophers season two years ago when young players had to step up and get minutes.

“I equate it to when Nate [Mason], Dupree [McBrayer] and [Jordan Murphy] two years ago were in the game,” Pitino said. “And as painful as it was at times, it was helpful to them in their growth.”

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