The offseason is just a few weeks old and already the Gopher basketball team has a couple things to report.
First and foremost, Paul Carter has announced that he will be transferring from the U to be closer to his sister, who is battling cancer in Chicago. Carter has said he will consider the University of Illinois-Chicago, Chicago State and DePaul in his decision to transfer. Appearing in 63 games (seven starts) for the Gophers during his career, Carter logged 15.5 minutes per game while averaging 5.8 points and 4.0 rebounds per game. Carter emerged as a solid bench player this season in Minnesota’s run to the postseason but always seemed to be just a step or two from really being a forceful offensive player. He was able to create his own shot and get to the hoop, but was generally just unable to finish. Defensively, Carter was always in the mix and never short on intensity. Nevertheless, Carter’s contributions to the team will be missed next year as he moves on and his decision to be with his ailing sister cannot be overlooked. Here’s wishing Paul the best.
In other news, Trevor Mbakwe’s ongoing legal issue stemming from an alleged assault in Florida continues to fester. His trial date has now been pushed back to June 7, with a court hearing to be held May 26 to determine if the June 7th date is still feasible. In my opinion, the whole Mbakwe saga has been an exercise in showcasing just how ridiculous the United States’ justice system is, at least at the state level. Getting Mbakwe back on the court is a huge priority for the Gophers as they head to the 2010-2011 season. Mbakwe was supposed to be a major contributor to last season’s team and his absence was felt immensely on both sides of the ball. Having him back will give Minnesota a tremendous athletic boost.