Well, if you were around MinnesotaSportsFan.com yesterday, you would’ve been waiting for this all day and just as the workday was ending, Richard Pitino’s Gopher GIF was tweeted and Alihan Demir, the Turkish stretch-4 grad-transferring out of Drexel, was committed to the University of Minnesota.

Let’s be honest, Gopher fans, we were nervous AF for how this class was going to turn out, as the 2018-19 season came to an end. However, as we’ve learned over the last few years, Pitino is a much better recruiter in the spring than he is in the fall. He proved that again this year, when he went from thin in the future frontcourt, to landing 3 of his 4 2019 commitments at PF/C and hopefully suring up our big men for the future and the immediate present.

2019-20 will depend on two things. One of them is how much this new frontcourt help can account for the loss of Jordan Murphy to graduation AND whether or not Amir Coffey decides to go through with the NBA draft, which we will find out later this month. No matter what, this year’s Gophers will look A LOT different than the last, with quite the list of new contributors. You won’t see Sam Freeman because, if all stay healthy and play to expectations, it will be tough for him to see the floor.

Eric Strack | Minnesota Sports Fan