It’s never a dull moment in Gopher basketball land. And that includes the offseason.
Whether that’s arrests, attrition, or even physical abnormalities, there’s news to report 12 months out of the year. This offseason was no different. Did you track it all? Let’s recap:
Jarvis Johnson was not medically cleared to play on the team
Yep, you read that one right. The top recruit of the 2015 class (and the biggest hometown recruit since Royce White) was all of sudden declared medically unfit to take the court. Talk about #Gophery. It’s still unclear exactly how this all came together (I’m still skeptical), but the bottom line is the Gophers are due one gigantic Jarvis Johnson refund.
Amir Coffey chose the Gophers over some prime competition
It’s not every day a four-star, nationally-rated recruit chooses the Gophers. It’s even rarer when they’re a local product. Coffey, one of the biggest recruits to come through in recent memory, was a nice consolation after losing Johnson. Coffey chose Minnesota over Arizona, Baylor, Texas, Wisconsin, Sparty and Indiana. That’s a huge coup.
Read more: Amelia covered his announcement
Eric Curry chose the Gophers; second 4-star recruit in 2016 class
The awesome news kept on coming. Right after Coffey committed, four-star PF recruit Curry out of Arkansas favorited the Gophers and verbally gave the thumbs up. Sounds like the Coffey news influenced his decision as well. You know what they say about dominos falling …
Read more: BT Powerhouse has a nice profile on Curry.
Pitino added two transfers from BCS schools
They won’t be eligible in 2015, but the Gophers added two impact players in Davonte Fitzgerald, who transferred from Texas A&M, and Reggie Lynch, who transferred from Illinois State. Both will add a veteran presence down low when they arrive and help fill out a nice-looking 2016 roster.