Are you sick of seeing Minnesota basketball players not in Gophers jerseys. Ben Carlson a top recruit from East Ridge High School who is another MN kid that committed to Wisconsin in early October. Before you watch the Minnesota Gophers take on Cleveland State on November 5th check out my potential gopher lineup. This lineup is kids from Minnesota that chose to go other places in the country. This lineup also involves guys that Minnesota also landed. I wanted to see and show all what the Gophers roster could be like if kids stayed home. This lineup could be a top 25 team and make them a big ten contender.
PG: Tre Jones
To start with the biggest name in Minnesota basketball history is the Jones. If you watch Minnesota high school basketball you heard of these names as Apple Valley has dominated since Tyus played as a freshman. Tyus Jones went to Duke and won a National title and had a decent career in the NBA. Tre followed in big bro’s footsteps going to Duke and join the phenomenal freshman class. Getting overshadow by Duke’s other freshmen by showcasing his great defense and passing abilities. Tre is back for his sophomore year at Duke with more talented freshmen, but what a career he could have leading the Gophers.
SG: Gabe Kalscheur
A home town kid from DeLaSalle Kalscheur started every game as a freshman and was better than expected. Shooting 41% from three and averaged 10 points a game help draw attention from Coffey and McBrayer. Since Jelly Fam Isaiah Washington never played up to exception Gabe took over his minutes forcing Washington to transfer to Iona. Gabe is a core player for the Gophers for this season.
SF: Amir Coffey
The biggest name to ever go to the Gophers is Amir Coffey, who dad played for the Gophers, the Hopkins star who became a high school legend hitting a half-court shot to win the State Championship his sophomore year. Coffey made an impact his freshman season and during his career was the Gopher’s second star behind Jordan Murphy. After a strong March madness game, Coffey entered the draft and was sign by the Clippers. After a great Summer league and some quality play in the preseason. Coffey will be a solid two-way player this season with the Clips. Selfish wish Coffey stayed for his senior year but glad he is having success in the NBA.
PF: Matthew Hurt
Another Minnesota kid that would be playing for Duke this year is Matthew Hurt. Hurt was Minnesota Mr. Basketball and the 10th ranked player in the Country. Hurt been a star from John Marshall in Rochester, MN who average 36 ppg, 12.4 rebounds, and 5.0 assist a game. Hurt brother is currently a senior on the Gophers but not as talented as Matthew who is listed at 6’9. Tre and Hurt will be key pieces for the Duke season just image if they both stayed home and got other Minnesota kids to be Gophers.
C: Daniel Oturu
Daniel Oturu the Cretin-Derham Hall legend who the all-time leader in points (over 2,000), rebounds, blocks and helped win the state championship with a dunk at the buzzer over Tre Jones Apple Valley team. One of the top players in the country chooses to stay home. As a freshman averaged 10.8 points, 7 rebounds a game and had 46 blocks earning him where he was one of big ten best freshman. Oturu will be a force down low for the Gophers this season and more to come.
Eric Curry- Curry who showed a promising career his freshman season before having knee problems. He then redshirted as he had a knee surgery, and returned last year and saw limit time coming back from injury. Curry will miss the season with another knee injury, he was a projected starter for the Gophers this season.
Jarvis Omersa– The other hometown kid that stay last year from Orono High school. Jarvis didn’t see as much play time as AUU teammates Oturu and Gabe, but I expect more this year from Omersa.
Micheal Hurt– Matthew Hurt brother, currently plays for the Gophers.
Isaiah Ihnen– The 6-9 small forward German 4-star recruit is our biggest recruit and will make a immediately impact on the current gophers team.
Tre Williams– The 6-4 Utah 4-star recruit guard is another big time recruit for the gophers who will play right away with Dupree and Coffey gone.
Zeke Nnaji– The Hopkins 4-recruits is off the Arizona instead of staying home and playing with the Gophers. The 6’11 center would be nice next to Oturu but i’m sure Nico Mannion will love Nnaji in AZ.
Alihan Demir– The 6’9 transfer from Drexel sat out last season and is ready for his senior year. He will give Oturu rest when needed during games.
Mckinley Wright– Wright from Champlin Park who was once committed to Dayton then change in to Colorado. Wright have proven to be a star averaged 14.3 freshman year and 13.0 last season in the Pac-12. Wright who was a first-team all-conference would help with life after Coffey, Dupree, and Jordan Murphy.
Wisconsin- Brad Davidson, Nate Reuvers, Davidson from Maple Grove is a leader for the bad guys in Red. Davidson made All-freshman first-team averaging 12 points a game and 10 last year as a sophomore. He will be a key player for the Badgers this year. Another key player for the Badgers will be Nate Reuvers from Lakeville North. Reuvers who emerge as a star for Wisconsin last season as a 6’10 post can shot threes and block shots.