Gophers will be banking on point guard recruit
The Minnesota Gophers men’s basketball team will be overhauling its team next season. And after losing 10 of its last 11 games following the crucial loss of senior point guard Al Nolen and now being on the bubble to even make the NIT, an overhaul sounds like a good thing.
The key to it figures to be a young, very smart, athletic and sweet-shooting point guard from Memphis, Andre Hollins. The 6-2 Hollins is averaging 25 points for his high school team and is arguably the prize of this year’s Minnesota recruiting class, which also features highly-touted 6-4 shooting guard Joe Coleman of Hopkins.
After watching Minnesota look inept offensively and defensively in the wake of Nolen’s injury, it couldn’t be any more obvious that the Gophers are desperate for a point guard who can lead, can be a threat to score outside and on drives, and can defend.
The word on Hollins is that he can do at least three of those four things, with the defensive part in question.
The mood surrounding this Minnesota program and its head coach, Tubby Smith, isn’t a good one right now. Tubby is hoping that Andre Hollins will quickly change that next season.
— Pat Ruff