2017 Intro: Goanar Mar
Goanar Mar, a 6-foot-7 combination forward out of Minneapolis (Minn.) De La Salle, drew the eye of college coaches this past summer playing with D1 Minnesota. Mar has continued to reel in interest during his sophomore season. Even playing on a loaded high school team with players like Minnesota bound guard Jarvis Johnson and Sacar Anim, Mar has managed to stick out. “Gonar is getting 13 or 14 points a game,” D1 Minnesota coach Nick Carroll told Scout. “He guards the best player on every team.” “I’ve been around some good high-level guys but I’ve never seen a kid that has been as versatile defensively,” he added. “He blocks more jump shots than anybody I’ve seen. He deflects passes, runs the floor and his skill development [is going well].” Mar has accumulated scholarship offers from Nebraska and Iowa State. Minnesota’s Richard Pitino and Marquette’s Steve Wojciechowski have been in to see him this season, as have assistants from Miami, Iowa, Michigan, Xavier and Oregon. “He went to Nebraska, Iowa State and Iowa in the fall,” Carroll said when asked about unofficial visits. “He’s been to a couple Big Ten games to see the Gophers. He went to the Illinois game and Rutgers.” Minnesota has a strong connection to Gar and his high school and have been actively recruiting the 2017 prospect. “It’s been consistent,” Carroll said of Gar’s recruitment. “Ben Johnson is the point of contact. Ben played at De La Salle. I talk to Ben a couple of times a week. He’s been pretty consistent with it. The deal with them is to make sure it’s a no brainer.” While Gar has picked up plenty of early interest, recruiting is far from at the forefront of his mind. “I think like most kids during the season he wants to focus on the year,” Carroll said.