Jackson Purcell’s journey from Eastview (MN) standout to Gophers walk-on

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Interview conducted by Chris Monter Jackson Purcell, a 6-foot-5 senior guard from Apple Valley (MN) Eastview, committed to Minnesota as a preferred walk-on. Purcell averaged 12.8 points per game this past season for the Lightning, scoring in double figures in eight of 11 games, all victories. GopherHole caught up with Purcell to learn more about […] READ MORE



Q&A with newest Gophers basketball transfer Abdoulaye Thiam

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Interview conducted by Chris Monter Abdoulaye Thiam, a 6-foot-3 guard from Indian Rivers (FL) State College, committed to Minnesota Friday. The junior college product was a full qualifier out of high school and will have four years of college eligibility for the Gophers. Thiam averaged 15.0 points and 3.7 rebounds per game this past season, […] READ MORE


Indiana State River College (JUCO) guard Abdoulaye Thiam commits to Minnesota

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May 21, 2021: Top JUCO transfer guard from Indiana State River College (Fla.) Abdoulaye Thiam committed to the Gophers Friday. –> BY: Tony Liebert After a month without a single transfer commitment, Ben Johnson and the Gophers have added two players to their 2021-22 roster in back-to-back days. Following a commitment from Stephen F. Austin transfer […] READ MORE


Gophers land commitment from Stephen F. Austin transfer Charlie Daniels

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May 20, 2021: Stephen F. Austin transfer Charlie Daniels (not the band) committed to Minnesota Thursday, giving the Gophers a veteran post presence. –> BY: Tony Liebert After a month plus since Ben Johnson and the Gophers’ last transfer commitment, the first-year head coach has dipped back into the ever-so-popular transfer portal and reeled in […] READ MORE



Q&A with Sophomore Taison Chatman of Totino-Grace!

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Interview conducted by Chris Monter Sophomore Taison Chatman of Fridley (MN) Totino-Grace is considered the top player in the state of Minnesota in the Class of 2023.   Chatman helped lead the Eagles to a 16-5 mark, losing to Minnehaha Academy 73-60 in the Class AAA, Section 4 finals, despite leading by 15 points in […] READ MORE



Payton Willis commits to Minnesota… again?

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April 16, 2021: College of Charleston guard Payton Willis committed to the Gophers Friday, after a one-year stint with the team in 2019-20. –> By: Tony Liebert   The Gophers are continuing to ride the roller coaster that is the college basketball offseason in 2021. Former College of Charleston guard Payton Willis is now the […] READ MORE


D2 All-American Parker Fox commits to hometown Gophers

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April 15, 2021: Northern State (SD) standout Parker Fox announced that he will be committing to the University of Minnesota Thursday, as the Gophers roster begins to take shape. –> By: Tony Liebert   Newly appointed Gophers head coach Ben Johnson continues to build his first roster; this time adding a commitment from Division two […] READ MORE