All Things Gophers Basketball Class of 2022 Recruiting Thread




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Actual word is Gophers backed off recruiting him and that's why he never visited. Concerns about his frame being too thin for the Big Ten. Kinda makes sense if you look at the schools he ended up visiting
Makes a ton of sense. With this many scholarships available, if Johnson elected to pass that says quite a bit.
 








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Did we try for Aligbe?
I think Pitino offered awhile back when he was still kind of a hot upcoming prospect, but I don’t believe Ben Johnson ever recruited him.
 


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It's ALL about getting a PG at this point in my opinion. We got three nice long term pieces but I would hate to see us hit the court two years in a row without a PG. Maybe they can get a good transfer PG in the spring but that doesn't feel like the "build it solid" from the ground up strategy that we are buying into with Ben.
 

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It's ALL about getting a PG at this point in my opinion. We got three nice long term pieces but I would hate to see us hit the court two years in a row without a PG. Maybe they can get a good transfer PG in the spring but that doesn't feel like the "build it solid" from the ground up strategy that we are buying into with Ben.
Unless Ben is feeling good about Chatman in 2023.
 



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Willie Wilson? I see that Thiam is also a CG. Just digging down deeper at this point.
 

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It's ALL about getting a PG at this point in my opinion. We got three nice long term pieces but I would hate to see us hit the court two years in a row without a PG. Maybe they can get a good transfer PG in the spring but that doesn't feel like the "build it solid" from the ground up strategy that we are buying into with Ben.
Would much rather get a quality transfer than reach on a 4 year player. Can just try again in the next class. It’s not like we’d be getting a class full of transfers.
 


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I could be wrong, but I remember hearing/reading somewhere that Johnson does not necessarily feature a 'traditional' PG in his system, but wants multiple guys who can handle the ball and initiate the offense, depending on the situation.

of course, that is the kind of thing coaches say when they don't have a true PG......
 

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Would much rather get a quality transfer than reach on a 4 year player. Can just try again in the next class. It’s not like we’d be getting a class full of transfers.
They have a lot of scholarships. Just sayin'. You need more than one PG and we have none. I remember all too well when Tubby went all in on Devoe Joseph's brother, lost and we had nothin'

Get a transfer in the spring- that's good, but we still need a young PG to build with- even if that PG ends up being the backup to Chatman (which would be great).
 

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They have a lot of scholarships. Just sayin'. You need more than one PG and we have none. I remember all too well when Tubby went all in on Devoe Joseph's brother, lost and we had nothin'

Get a transfer in the spring- that's good, but we still need a young PG to build with- even if that PG ends up being the backup to Chatman (which would be great).
I'd find it hard to believe they don't go for two PGs. The issue lies within getting guys to commit when they don't see minutes at that position. If I had to guess, I think they end up with one grad transfer and a prep school/high school kid spring commit. My dream scenario would be to find a Multi year transfer (who gets a waiver) and a grad transfer back up. Either way you will see more than one PG/Ball handler added still.
 



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I'd find it hard to believe they don't go for two PGs. The issue lies within getting guys to commit when they don't see minutes at that position. If I had to guess, I think they end up with one grad transfer and a prep school/high school kid spring commit. My dream scenario would be to find a Multi year transfer (who gets a waiver) and a grad transfer back up. Either way you will see more than one PG/Ball handler added still.
They could take two transfers, one is a "Pure PG" and the other is a combo, you could sell them both on getting starting minutes. I like Carrington, but I doubt he will be ready to start day one
 


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Willie Wilson? I see that Thiam is also a CG. Just digging down deeper at this point.
I saw Wilson cracked the top 250 on 247. Saying that it would be a reach IMO. Don’t think Ben is looking for developmental players just yet. Passed on Aligbe, Lee, and Watson as players who wouldn’t be ready to contribute day 1.
 

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We're still looking at a minimum of 5 open spots for next year (7 Seniors + 1 open scholarship - 3 commitments for 2022). What I don't want to see is any uncommitted high school kids added in the Spring. I can't remember the last time this type of commitment has turned in to a solid B1G player for the Gophers. A reminder that Jordan Murphy was committed to VCU and decommitted after the coaching change. Obviously the exception is if you can get the Chet Holmgren type kid who is waiting because he can, but we haven't gotten one of those for a long, long time.

At the PG position in particular, I don't think it's the end of the world (and arguably better in the short term) to find a Marcus Carr type with 3 years left to play whose coach gets fired this Spring to come in and run the show for next year. My worry is there was all the playing time in the world to offer all the transfers this Spring and there was all the playing time in the world to offer all the targets for 2022...and we've seen the results. Just having the playing time available has not been enough of a draw to date.
 

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We're still looking at a minimum of 5 open spots for next year (7 Seniors + 1 open scholarship - 3 commitments for 2022). What I don't want to see is any uncommitted high school kids added in the Spring. I can't remember the last time this type of commitment has turned in to a solid B1G player for the Gophers. A reminder that Jordan Murphy was committed to VCU and decommitted after the coaching change. Obviously the exception is if you can get the Chet Holmgren type kid who is waiting because he can, but we haven't gotten one of those for a long, long time.

At the PG position in particular, I don't think it's the end of the world (and arguably better in the short term) to find a Marcus Carr type with 3 years left to play whose coach gets fired this Spring to come in and run the show for next year. My worry is there was all the playing time in the world to offer all the transfers this Spring and there was all the playing time in the world to offer all the targets for 2022...and we've seen the results. Just having the playing time available has not been enough of a draw to date.

Even if we had gotten Pierre, I would've wanted a transfer PG. We have tons of time and we will have film to show kids how they play too which will help, plus the staff will be able to hit the trail at the start transfer portal season. All of this will come into play and help them next year imo.
 

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I saw Wilson cracked the top 250 on 247. Saying that it would be a reach IMO. Don’t think Ben is looking for developmental players just yet. Passed on Aligbe, Lee, and Watson as players who wouldn’t be ready to contribute day 1.
Ola-Jospeh certainly is a developmental player.....and thats not a knock on him...but right now thats just the truth....and with the roster breakdown BJ could afford to take a developmental guy at that position with Battle/Fox/Ihnen being able to eat up most of the forward minutes next season.

but yes the guard spot is different....with how the roster is we need to be getting guards(specifically PGs) that can come in and be ready to play a major role.

Maybe best case for next year is getting a highly rated transfer (grad transfer or not) and hoping that either Stephens or Lowe show enough to try to get one of them to come back for their super senior year?
 

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I saw Wilson cracked the top 250 on 247. Saying that it would be a reach IMO. Don’t think Ben is looking for developmental players just yet. Passed on Aligbe, Lee, and Watson as players who wouldn’t be ready to contribute day 1.
If were talking local I would say Dodd at SSP, Torbor at Park Center and McDonald at Hibbing have all passed Wilson. Wilson a good player, but like Prince he's been the same player since 9th Grade. Prince is 6'6" where as Wilson is 6'1" maybe 6'2"
 

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We're still looking at a minimum of 5 open spots for next year (7 Seniors + 1 open scholarship - 3 commitments for 2022). What I don't want to see is any uncommitted high school kids added in the Spring. I can't remember the last time this type of commitment has turned in to a solid B1G player for the Gophers. A reminder that Jordan Murphy was committed to VCU and decommitted after the coaching change. Obviously the exception is if you can get the Chet Holmgren type kid who is waiting because he can, but we haven't gotten one of those for a long, long time.

At the PG position in particular, I don't think it's the end of the world (and arguably better in the short term) to find a Marcus Carr type with 3 years left to play whose coach gets fired this Spring to come in and run the show for next year. My worry is there was all the playing time in the world to offer all the transfers this Spring and there was all the playing time in the world to offer all the targets for 2022...and we've seen the results. Just having the playing time available has not been enough of a draw to date.
We got Carrington, Thiam, Battle, Ola-Joseph, Ihnen, Fox, Thompson and Payne, plus the two walkons in Purcell and Ramburg for next year. Perhaps they still look for a prep PG, but I would think you could bring in a pure PG and a combo guard in the portal and you could spin it where both could start. Not sure Carrington will be ready to start day one, prefer if he came off the bench and if he surprises like Gabe, than that's a bonus
 





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