Gophers Scholarship Table Updated
The table above has been updated to reflect the commitment of 2016 Michael Hurt and the assumption that Daquein McNeil will not return to the program.Sharing Options:
Pitino’s Former PF Excelling at West Virginia
Upon Minnesota’s hiring of Richard Pitino we wrote COULD RICHARD PITINO BRING A STAR FORWARD TO MINNESOTA? (April 3, 2013). The article discussed FIU-bound Jonathan Holton and his JUCO teammate Kevin Thomas, noting that, “[p]ower forward is a position of need for next year’s team and Pitino could potentially deliver in a major way.”
Late Night Hoops visited a Palm Beach State (Fla.) practice several months prior to the article and believed either player could be provide a significant boost to the roster.
As things turned out, Holton wound up at West Virginia and Kevin Thomas at Troy. Let’s take a look at how they are performing this season.
Ask LNH: Is Tyus Jones Overrated?
No. If anything, the 2014 RSCI #7 Jones is underrated.
His feel and understanding of the game of basketball is truly special and nothing short of remarkable. You’ll often see him described as a “pass first point guard” along with a comment about his relative lack of athleticism. The “pass first” description is fine, but make no mistake – Tyus Jones can put points on the board with the best of them and will get flat out nasty scoring the ball when he needs to.
College basketball fans across the country will say, “Wow, I didn’t know Jones could do THAT” this year.
2015 Big Jonathan Nwankwo Commits to Minnesota
Scholarship Table Updated
2015 C/PF Jonathan Nwankwo, 6’9″, 245 pounds, committed to the Minnesota Golden Gophers today while on his official visit.
He’s a New Yorker who plans to play this season in Florida at Victory Rock Prep. The relationship between him and the Gophers goes back more than a year. As was the case with fellow 2015 commits Dupree McBrayer and Kevin Dorsey, the pledge to Minnesota was not a surprise.
With 5th year seniors Elliott Eliason and Mo Walker finishing their careers before next summer, Nwankwo will have an opportunity to earn minutes both as a center and power forward.
He’s a big, strong kid who can help rebound and defend (so long as he keeps fouls in check) early on. How well he progresses with the ball in his hands is up to him and the staff. The potential is there to be a quality player for Pitino.
Following is an updated scholarship table:
2015 Dupree McBrayer Commits to Minnesota
The scholarship table has been updated and is included at the end of these notes. This commitment is not at all a surprise and we’ve long thought he’d wind up a Gopher. Nonetheless, McBrayer is a very good addition to the program.
8/26/14 edit: Not a surprise, but Gaston Diedhiou is not expected to join the program this fall. Based on the roster makeup we do not see this as a significant issue. The scholarship table below includes Diedhiou, but most likely he will never join the program. Thus, the Gophers still have 3 “open slots” for new scholarship players in 2015 after the McBrayer commit.
2014 Nike Global Challenge Statistics
This year’s Nike Global Challenge finished today. Schedule and game results can be found at NikeGlobalChallenge.com. Attached is a summary compilation of team and player stats, including traditional and advanced statistics for each player.
Open/Download: 2014 Nike Global Challenge Summary Book
The pace was hot (91 poss / 40 minute game) and 2-point attempts were converted at a strong 53.9% rate, but we saw some poor outside shooting.
Teams shot sub-30% 3FG% (the U.S. teams had a lower 3FG% than the international teams) and some big names were among the worst, including Malik Monk (1/19 for 5%) and Antonio Blakeney (3/23 for 13%).
Advanced stat studs include: Noah Dickerson, Stephen Zimmerman, Jalen Brunson, Edrice Adebayo, Tyler Davis, Chris Clarke, Khalea Turner, Esa Ahmad, Omari Spellman and Dedric Lawson.Sharing Options:
The U Adds Kevin Dorsey; Scholarship Table Updated
2015 guard Kevin Dorsey committed to the University of Minnesota. He’s a nice addition with work to do offensively, but with the speed that Pitino and staff should put to good use defensively.
The updated scholarship table is as follows:
2014 NBPA Top 100 Camp Stats
Late Night Hoops has calculated various advanced statistics from the games played at last weekend’s NBPA Top 100 camp. Certain of those stats are shared here.
In addition, there is an easy way to obtain our player statistics in Excel format.
If you’d like player statistics in Excel format, please request a copy by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.