Minnesota Golden Gophers News, Rumors, Injuries & Recruiting
The Daily Gopher: Amir Coffey Signs with the Clippers
Amir Coffey has signed with the Clippers. Coffey will be them for Summer League and reports are that he has also secured a two-way deal with the Clippers for the upcoming season.
Assuming that Marcus Fuller is correct, Coffey will have accomplished an actual NBA contract after leaving early.
The Daily Gopher: Jordan Murphy Signs a Summer League Contract with the Minnesota Timberwolves
One recently graduated member of the University of Minnesota has a summer home. Jordan Murphy has signed a contract to play for the Minnesota Timberwolves summer team. The odds of him making it to the NBA from Summer League are low. Realistically, Murphy's professional prospects should he want to to play professionally are overseas. Nonetheless, a pro contract is a pro contract.
As of this writing, Amir Coffey has still not signed a summer contract. Both players went undrafted.
GopherHole.com: Q&A: Jalen Suggs Talks Minnesota, Gonzaga, Team USA and More
Jalen Suggs, a 6-foot-5, 198-pound rising senior guard from Minneapolis (MN) Minnehaha Academy, is one of the top guards in the Midwest in the Class of 2020 and is considered the number one prospect from Minnesota in the class. He is ranked #10 in the Class of 2020 by ESPN and 12th by 24/7 Sports.
Suggs told ZagBlog that Minnesota, Gonzaga and Marquette were among his top schools Tuesday. He was also named as one of 18 finalists for USA Basketball's Under 19 team Tuesday.
Suggs averaged 23-7 points per game as a sophomore as Minnehaha finished 29-2, winning their last 23 games.
The Daily Gopher: Gopher Basketball: 2020 Recruiting Targets and a loaded class in Minnesota
The 2019 Class is largely wrapped up for Gopher hoops with Bryan Greenlee committing last week, but it is time to look ahead to the 2020 class and who the Gophers are targeting.
This is a prime time for college basketball recruiting with the summer AAU circuits in full swing. The best of the best are facing off against each other each weekend around the country and college coaches are zeroing in on who they are pursuing most vigorously.
The Gopher staff will have 3 scholarships to play with in this class and whomever they add will be joining a pretty talented roster with only 2 players graduating.
The Daily Gopher: Gopher Basketball Nugz - Early June Edition
We're solidly in the summer doldrums of college basketball, so program updates and news are a little scarce. But with schedules coming together and transfers and recruiting still happening there are few updates here and there. Here are some of the latest happenings:
Weeks after announcing that he was going to test the NBA Draft waters, Amir Coffey officially made his decision to go pro, forgoing his final year of college eligibility and hoping for the best at the professional level. Despite not being projected to be drafted or even invited to the NBA Draft Combine, Coffey is going to continue moving forward with his decision that he is going to play professionally next season.
The Daily Gopher: So many questions heading into 2019-2020 for Gopher basketball
Now that we have hit June and it looks like the shape of the roster is set for Gopher hoops, the number of significant question marks are really starting to come into focus.
1 - How do you replace the production of Jordan Murphy, Amir Coffey and Dupree McBrayer?
Frankly, you don't. Those three Gophers combined for 306 starts in their careers. Last year they accounted for 56% of the team's points and 46% of the team's rebounds.
The Daily Gopher: Ski-U-Pahdcast: Softball is Still Amazing. Men's Basketball and Football have some issues
GoAUpher, gopherguy05, Blake, and UStreet are back to talk about the latest in Gopher sports. The gang previews the Softball College World Series, Amir Coffey's decision effect on the basketball team, football's current lack of recruiting momentum, and what is the most appropriate definition of bald.
You can listen to the pahdcast here or on your favorite podcast streaming service.
The Daily Gopher: Great Takes Less Filling: Amir Coffey Officially Stays in the NBA Draft
GoAUpher and UStreet discuss Amir Coffey's decision to stay in the NBA draft. Topics covered include a run of the hot takes we have seen on twitter, including whether Coffey is making the wrong decision, whether he will ever make the NBA, whether the Gophers will be better without him, and whether if college basketball players got cash money Coffey would be in Maroon and Gold next year.
You can listen to the podcast here or on your streaming podcast app of choice.
The Daily Gopher: Ski-U-Pahdcast: Answering Reader Questions
The Ski-U-Pahdcast is back. GoAUpher, gopherguy05, and UStreet recap the successful softball weekend before turning to reader questions. We cover football, basketball, roadtrips, and whether there are any $50 bourbons worth buying.
You can listen to the pahdcast here or on your podcast streaming app of choice.
The Daily Gopher: Gopher baseball set to defend Big Ten Tournament title as the 4-seed
Gopher baseball ended their regular season this past weekend, taking two of three from Northwestern are now preparing for this week's Big Ten Tournament in Omaha. The Gophers finished tied for third and ended up with 4th seed in the tournament. Their first round opponent will be Nebraska, on Wednesday evening.
The good news for the Gophers is that they seem to be ending the season strong having won three consecutive series and finishing with a 7-2 Big Ten record in the month of May.
The Daily Gopher: Gopher Nugz: Mid-May Edition
The long dark of the college offseason gathers, and now our watch begins. But fear not. It will end soon enough. In fact...
Until then though, the Nugz is here to keep you company, this time with extremely tortured allusions to Game of Thrones.
Unless you've been living under some kind of rock, you are aware that Minnesota cruised right past Georgia 8-1 and have now qualified for only the second ever NCAA Super Regional in school history. The Gophers will take on LSU on Friday, and for the first time ever, Minnesota will host the Super Regional.
The Daily Gopher: Minnesota Softball: Minneapolis Region Preview
The Minnesota Golden Gophers softball team will play in its first home NCAA Tournament regional since 2014 and will look to advance to its second ever NCAA Super Regional this weekend. The Gophers will begin their double elimination regional Friday night at 8:30 against North Dakota State while Drake and Georgia will face off in the first game Friday at 6PM.
Minnesota is in the NCAA Tournament for the seventh consecutive season, and are the #7 overall national seed. That is the highest the Gophers have ever been seeded in the NCAA Tournament.
The Daily Gopher: The pantheon of Big Ten basketball coaches in the wake of Jon Beilein leaving for the NBA
Jon Beilein shocked the Big Ten basketball community today when it was announced that he is leaving to become the new head coach of the Cleveland Cavaliers. Personally I admired him as a coach as much as anyone at this level. The way he had a system that he recruited to, perfectly taught and was able to have his teams execute. That's what it is all about and it is much harder to than it seems. But Beilein excelled at Michigan, particularly in March. I'll miss watching his teams play, but I will not miss having to face him a couple times a year.
The Daily Gopher: Minnesota will host their first NCAA regional since 2014!
A day after coming a run short of winning their fourth consecutive Big Ten Tournament Championship, the Minnesota Golden Gophers softball team got a bigger prize. The Gophers were given the #7 national seed and will host a home regional for the first time since 2014! The #7 seed is the highest in school history. Not coincidentally, 2014 is the only season that the Gophers have advanced through the regional to a NCAA Super Regional. But that's not all! With the #7 overall seed assuming Minnesota can get out of the regional they will host the first ever home Super Regional in program history against the winner of the The Gophers will host North Dakota State, Drake and Georgia at Jane Sage Cowles Stadium in a double-elimination regional format beginning Friday night.
The Daily Gopher: Minnesota Softball: Gophers Take on the Big Ten Tournament
The Minnesota Golden Gophers softball team heads into the 2019 Big Ten Softball Tournament on a roll and tyring to lock up a home NCAA Regional next weekend. The Gophers have one the last three Big Ten Tournaments and will try and make it four in a row in Bloomington, Indiana. They kick off play in the quarterfinals on Friday night against Purdue.
Minnesota comes into the Big Ten Tournament with the #3 seed. The Gophers finished with a Big Ten record of 20-2 on the season, behind regular season champion Michigan who went 22-1, and #2 seed Northwestern who despite losing two of three games in the last weekend of the regular season to the Gophers ended the season as 21-2.