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 add former Lafayette guard E.J. Stephens

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April 2, 2021: Newly appointed head coach Ben Johnson continues to stay busy in the transfer portal, adding former Lafayette guard E.J. Stephens from the transfer portal.   By: Tony Liebert   What just happened: Ben Johnson has quickly lived up to the billing of an “aggressive-recruiter”. Former Lafayette guard E.J. Stephens joins Luke Loewe […] READ MORE


Former William & Mary guard Luke Loewe set to join the Gophers

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April 2, 2021: 6-foot-4-inch former William & Mary guard Luke Loewe committed to the Gophers Friday, joining Jamison Battle as the second transfer that Ben Johnson has landed.   By: Tony Liebert   What just happened?: For better or worse the transfer portal has been the theme of Ben Johnson’s first offseason as Gophers’ head […] READ MORE


Jamison Battle set to join Gophers as Ben Johnson’s first recruit.

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March 29, 2021: Former George Washington forward and DeLaSalle standout Jamison Battle has announced he will be playing for the Gophers next season.   By: Tony Liebert What just happened: 6-foot-7-inch sophomore forward Jamison Battle has committed to the University of Minnesota after two seasons at George Washington. Battle, a Minneapolis, Minn. native is coming […] READ MORE


Minnesota adds ’22 safety Coleman Bryson

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March 21, 2021: 2022 safety Coleman Bryson (Rabun Gap, GA) verbally committed to the Minnesota Golden Gophers Sunday afternoon. By: Tony Liebert Coleman Bryston verbally committed to Minnesota Sunday afternoon. The 6-foot-2-inch safety’s addition grows the Gophers’ 2022 recruiting class to five players. Bryson joins Trey Bixby, Kristen Hoskins, Jacob Knuth and Tony Nelson to […] READ MORE


Q&A: Kristen Hoskins “I am a Gopher fan, so it is definitely something that I want to be a part of.”

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By: Chris Monter Kristen Hoskins, a 5-foot-10, 165-pound junior wide receiver from Alexandria (MN) High, became the first in-state Gopher football commit when he verballed to Minnesota Friday. GopherHole caught up with Hoskins Sunday to learn the latest on his commitment. GopherHole: I had originally planned on calling you Saturday after we texted Friday, but […] READ MORE