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Gophers Recruiting: Another 2013 PF Graduate Student Hits the Market

May 24, 2013
Gophers Recruiting: Another 2013 PF Graduate Student Hits the Market

There’s yet another player the Minnesota Golden Gophers could consider adding to help their front line in 2013-14. As has been expected, DePaul today formally announced that they had granted permission for Donnavan Kirk to look elsewhere and added that Kirk will graduate from DePaul this summer.
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Recruiting: Teammate of Gophers’ McNeil Back on Market

May 20, 2013
Recruiting: Top 100 Teammate of Gophers’ McNeil Back on Market

2013 big man Dominic Woodson (#83 RSCI) is looking for a new school after deciding against attending Baylor. The Bears will return 7’1″ center Isaiah Austin (13.0p, 8.3r per game in 2012-13) and 6’9″ forward Cory Jefferson (13.3p, 8.0r).

Woodson spent the 2011-12 school year at Vermont Academy where he played with Minnesota Gophers’ incoming guard Daquein McNeil. Dominic is a native of Louisville, Ky. although he left the area in middle school.

During the 2011-12 season, Louisville and the Pitinos were quite involved with Dominic’s recruitment.
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Drake’s Joey King Transferring; Gophers a Possibility?

May 14, 2013
Drake’s Joey King Transferring; Gophers a Possibility?

Former Eastview high school (Minn.) standout Joey King will transfer from Drake after spending his freshman year at the Iowa school. Due to specific circumstances, if King landed at Minnesota he might receive a waiver allowing him to compete for the Gophers immediately. [6/2/13 Update: King will join the Gophers as a scholarship player; waiver would appear likely]
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D1 Minnesota’s Depth on Display in Denver

May 1, 2013
D1 Minnesota’s Depth on Display in Denver

The D1 Minnesota teams were all in action at Best Buy Mile High Classic in Lakewood, Colo. this past weekend. The program certainly has its standout players, but each of the D1 Minnesota rosters are well balanced and stocked with talent.

With talent up and down their rosters, the D1 Minnesota teams can beat opponents in a number of ways.This article will mention some names, but there are many others deserving of a look.
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NY2LA Spring Extravaganza Recruiting Notes – April 2013

April 2013
NY2LA Sports Spring Extravaganza – April 19-21, 2013

Below are a few player notes written after attending the NY2LA Sports (ny2lasports.com) Spring Extravaganza April 19-21, 2013 in Minnesota.

Class of 2014

Myles Turner – 6’11” – Texas Select
Turner’s great length and ability to move well make him a terror for opposing shooters. Defensively he makes a huge impact blocking and altering shots. On offense he’s got some face up skills and shooting ability, but overall he’s not nearly as good with the ball as compared to his abilities as a defender. However, the potential is there. With some added size and work on his offensive game down low Turner can go from a very good player to a great one.
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Recruiting: 2014 Brandone Francis

April 21, 2013
Recruiting: 2014 Brandon Francis

Brandone FrancisThe Minnesota Golden Gophers are among the growing list of schools showing significant interest in 2014 guard Brandone Francis (you’ll also see his name frequently spelled Brandon). Francis is a strong 6’5″ guard from the Dominican Republic and is capable of playing several positions.

We project his best position being a strong off guard in college. He’s also a talented passer and good enough with the ball that he could play some point, depending on the school and situation. In addition, Francis is big and strong enough to play as a third guard/small forward. Defensively, he should be able to guard several positions as well. Nice basketball IQ.
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Recruiting: 2013 Luke Kornet

April 19, 2013
Recruiting: 2013 Luke Kornet

Update: (April 30, 2013) Luke has committed to Vanderbilt.

We’ll have many more thoughts from this weekend’s AAU tournaments after things wrap up, but one guy you may want to catch this weekend before it’s too late is Luke Kornet. Some program is going to get themselves a really nice spring recruit.

Kornet is an unsigned 6’10”, 205 pound forward from the 2013 class.  He’s playing with Texas Select 
in the Twin Cities this weekend at the NY2LA Sports Extravaganza. There’s been a lot of talk and interest in Luke’s teammate 2014 center Myles Turner and rightfully so, but Kornet was great again tonight after a strong performance last weekend.

He’s from a basketball family (including dad Frank who played at Vanderbilt and two years for the Milwaukee Bucks; also was Luke’s high school coach this season), but hit his final growth spurt late. Although Luke has quickly shot up to 6’10” and put on some weight (still a long way to go), the perimeter game is still in tact. He’s continued to run the floor well and is a dangerous three-point shooter.

Tonight in a 10-point win over Kevon Looney and the Milwaukee Rebels, Kornet delivered 15 points and 8 rebounds. His shot from behind the arc was working well and the stretch 4 scored a couple of times around the paint, including one that he got off over the outstretched arms of Looney.

We like Kornet’s pedigree, his background, size and skill. He’s a nice looking player right now as 3-point threat, but there is good upside if he continues to expand his game and add strength.

Texas Select next plays at 12:40pm CT Saturday on Hopkins high school Court 3 against Mid-Kansas.

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Recruiting: 2013 Daquein McNeil to Minnesota

April 16, 2013
Recruiting: 2013 Daquein McNeil [Minnesota]
[April 17, 2013 Update – 8:52 AM – McNeil has committed to play for the Gophers]

[April 24, 2013 Update {Fact Check} – the University of Minnesota issued this release on April 23. Minor nits, but (a) the U says McNeil signed an NLI but he is unable to do so if he had signed one with FIU – he likely signed financial aid papers; (b) the U says at the time he committed to FIU he had offers from  Louisville, Oklahoma, Richmond, Rutgers, VCU, UAB and Washington. We believe his offers at that time were limited to Richmond, UAB, St. Bonaventure and Rhode Island]

Former Norfolk State head coach Anthony Evans was formally announced as Florida International’s replacement for Richard Pitino today. Evans and FIU will have to do without the services of 2013 guard Daquein McNeil who has requested a release from his NLI with the school.

In the very near future we should know if McNeil will join Pitino at Minnesota for the 2013-14 season.

McNeil is a 6’3″ guard who is aggressive scoring the ball and should be able to defend multiple positions. A bit of a streaky shooter, “Day Day” is from Baltimore but went to Vermont Academy for the last three years. This season he was named to the NEPSAC All-Class AA Second Team.

Going back two and three years ago the high major interest in McNeil was substantial and he was being tracked by the likes of Marquette and Louisville. Over time the interest fell and when he committed to FIU last fall (his only official visit) we believe all of his other offers were from mid-majors such as Richmond and Rhode Island.

Nonetheless, Pitino’s preferred style of play appears to fit McNeil quite well and he was a guy that looked like a potential steal for FIU.

Daquein played AAU with Balitmore Elite and he enjoyed a solid season in the EYBL last summer. Alongside a legit deep threat in Kameron Williams (a 2013 Ohio State commit who went 58/121 3FG for 47.9% in regular season EYBL games… keep an eye out for him in Columbus), McNeil averaged 12.4 points in 24.5 minutes during the regular season. He is also a capable rebounder who grabbed 4.8 boards per game.

We’re not sure how well or consistently McNeil will be able to shoot from the perimeter, but he’s a player capable of creating his own offense. How efficiently he’ll be able to score is up for debate, but between his nose for the net and aggressiveness on the court there is a good amount of potential with this young man.

Below are selected EYBL regular season stats from 2012-13 for Daquein McNeil.

Mins Points Rebs Ast TO Stl
Averages 24.5 12.4 4.8 2.1 1.9 1.3
eFG% 2FG% 3FG% FT%
Shooting 45.8% 46.3% 27.3% 56.3%

 Notes: 3FGA/M: 6/22; FTA/M: 54/96; OR-DR: 27-68.

Other Suggested Reading: Q&A: Richard Pitino’s Contract with Minnesota from April 16, 2013.
From GopherHole.com: Extensive Q&A: Vermont Academy HC on Daquein McNeil, by Chris Monter

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