Although Tubby Smith was a great coach and shouldn’t have been fired, new head coach Richard Pitino is already doing work for the Minnesota Golden Gophers.
In the last couple of days, Pitino has landed recruit Deandre Mathieu (according to ESPN). Although this is not the biggest name coming into college basketball, Minnesota will definitely take it. It is a great sign for this program that Pitino is already picking up players to join the team.
It feels like just yesterday that Pitino took over as head coach and he is already signing players. Who knows what will be in store for future recruiting classes?
Anyways, Minnesota is losing a lot of talent, but the Andre Hollins and Austin Hollins will be returning to the team, so that is a huge plus. Both players were the first and second leading scorers on the team.
There is still some pieces on this team that will allow Minnesota to compete in the Big 10 next year, but the Golden Gophers will have to be more consistent.
Who knows how Mathieu will be used on the team, but there have been plenty of JUCO players that have been great in college basketball as of recent.
Although this is a great start for Pitino, there is a lot that needs to be done to this program before it can be a powerhouse in college basketball. Who knows if that will ever happen, but I am sure fans are hoping that Richard can have similar success too his dad, Rick. I am sure you have heard Rick’s name a time or two, since his Louisville Cardinals did just win the 2013 NCAA Tournament.
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