The Minnesota Golden Gophers will be losing their fair share of frontcourt players for the 2013-14 college basketball season. However, Joey King was cleared to play (according to ESPN) and he will give a big boost to the team.
King previously played for Drake last season and he managed to average 6.9 points per game and 2.9 rebounds per game in just 19 minutes per game. He also shot 42.8 percent from the field and 34.7 percent from behind the arc. He may stand at 6’9”, but he definitely has some range on his shot. He was able to knock down 33 shots from deep range last season.
King has the talent to make an instant impact for the Golden Gophers and there is no reason why he shouldn’t. If he can be just as effective with more playing time with Minnesota, he could really shine on this team. Who knows how much he will play, though.
Regardless, this is very good news for the Golden Gophers.
Their two leading scorers from last year will be returning and it also helps that Malik Smith was cleared to play. He put up 14.1 points per game for FIU last season.
The Golden Gophers will have some new faces that will have the talent to compete right away. Will they finish with a better record of 21-13? Will they finish better than tied for seventh in the Big Ten standings? Who knows at this point, but the team definitely has some positives entering the season.
With that in mind, the Big Ten will not be a fun place to play in. Three teams were ranked in the top 10 of the USA Today Coaches Poll.