By Jody Demling - Cardinal Authority

Louisville center Matz Stockman will transfer to Minnesota; played two years for Rick Pitino and will now play for Richard Pitino

Louisville center Matz Stockman will transfer to Minnesota; played two years for Rick Pitino and will now play for Richard Pitino

Matz Stockman is leaving the University of Louisville basketball team after three seasons.

The 7-foot junior center from Norway has been granted his release and will transfer to Minnesota, according to a release from Louisville. He'll leave U of L after this semester and sit out next season and then play one year for the Gophers.

"I’ve had a great time at Louisville the last three years," Stockman said in the release. "I’ve learned a lot, gotten to know a great many people and have become very close with our coaches and players.  I’m incredibly grateful for my time here.  I’ve improved a lot since I first arrived on campus and I will be forever grateful to Coach Pitino, the coaching staff and for everyone involved around our team.  However, I’ve been looking for an opportunity to play quality minutes for a long time now and I think this will be a great situation for me."

Stockman will play for Richard Pitino at Minnesota.

Added U of L coach Rick Pitino: "Matz has been a great team member with our basketball team and we appreciate his efforts. Transferring to Minnesota is a great move for him, as he’ll have an opportunity to make an immediate impact when he becomes eligible to play."

Stockman participated in 18 games as a junior last season, grabbing a rebound in 11 of those.  In his most extensive action of the season, he averaged 8.0 points and 3.3 rebounds in the three December 2016 games teammate Anas Mahmoud missed with a concussion.


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