Category Archives: 2008-2009

A Season in Review: Devron Bostick

This article is part six of our season review. Part one discussed Kevin Payton. Part two looked at Travis Busch. Part three covered Jamal Abu-Shamala. Part four waxed poetic about Jonathan Williams. In part six we handed out a report card to Paul Carter. In the end, Devron was the matter with Devron, or should I say, Tubby Smith’s fear that Devron’s positive and negative potential, reduced him to a very limited role in his first season with the Gophers. He was overhyped as the Junior…

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A season in review: Paul Carter

This article is part five of our season review. Part one discussed Kevin Payton. Part two looked at Travis Busch. Part three covered Jamal Abu-Shamala. Part four waxed poetic about Jonathan Williams. Paul Carter arrived in Minneapolis just over a year ago with undeniable potential and more than a few questions. Not least of these questions was how long he would stick around. No, he wasn’t going to a one-and-done, either dashing off for the NBA at the first opportunity or throwing away a once…

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Jonathan Williams – In verse

This article is part four of our season review. Part one discussed Kevin Payton. Part two looked at Travis Busch. Part three covered Jamal Abu-Shamala. A man among boys, a giant they say With such a length and such width he’d be great some day. The recruiters went out to get him to sign They called so often they burned up the phone line. The two final teams, the Goph’s and the Storm’ Both wanted the young man to help their teams form The contest…

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Good things come to those who wait

This article is part three of our season review. Part one discussed Kevin Payton. Part two looked at Travis Busch. “So Jamal Abu-Shamala is white?” “Yup, and from Shakopee!” Jamal Abu-Shamala, the native Minnesotan who recently ended his Gopher career as the most productive member of the class of 2009, was never quite what was expected. For those who jumped on the Gopher basketball bandwagon since Dan Monson was sent packing, Abu-Shamala did not fit the mental image of a name that, in the basketball…

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Garrison Keillor takes on Duke and North Carolina

It isn’t often that two of my favorite pass times collide. The one that gets me through the winter (college basketball) and the one that gets me through work (public radio) occupy divergent ends of the entertainment spectrum. In Minnesota, however, nearly everything seems to be within one or two degrees of separation from public radio. After all, we invented it. So it shouldn’t have been a huge surprise that Garrison Keillor and his merry band of radio actors would dive head first into college…

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Travis Busch falls off into the sunset.

This article is part two of our season review. Part one, Kevin Payton, can be read here. How did it come to this? A former Mr. Basketball returning to play for the home town team as a walk-on at one of the lowest points in the program’s history should be likable, shouldn’t he? It should be the type of story that warms the cockles of the darkest and coldest heart. Unfortunately for Travis Busch, despite the perfect script, he could never play the part. The…

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Kevin Payton has waved his last towel

This article is part one of our season review. Beginning with individual players and ultimately covering the progress of the team as a whole and the best and worst games of the year, we will dissect the season in just enough detail to provide that basketball fix that can never quite be satisfied during the summer months. In the last few weeks, the unsurprising news broke that Travis Busch and Kevin Payton have joined departing seniors Jonathan Williams and Jamal Abu-Shamala and have ended their…

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Table-top Barn Ball

On Kare 11 News last night, eternal creator of mixed feelings (funny, annoying, rage inducing?) Eric Perkins featured what could only be described as the perfect Christmas present. If anyone out there has wood-working skills, has 400 spare hours,  and wants to send this over: a table-top basketball game that is a near-perfect replica of Williams Arena. Click here for the video. Like this:Like Loading…

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Under Construction

Yes, we have started the redesign process of From The Barn. The key word is process. You’ll notice lay-out glitches galore, and some other as of yet undiscovered issues in all likelihood. Well, we are working on it, and things will get better. And no, we don’t think the banner at the top of the page is as good as it could and should be. If you have any photo-shop/design skills and would like to donate whatever services you can offer and design a new…

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Off-season news and notes

Minnesota’s loss to Texas in the NCAA tournament not only ended the Gopher basketball season, it also ushered in the slow months at From The Barn.  During the offseason, we will of course continue to update you on the latests goings on in the world of Gopher basketball. After the NCAA tournament winds down, we’ll start our season own season review, including player-by-player breakdowns, a critique of Tubby Smith’s second season, and some of our favorite memories from the season. We will also take a…

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