A highly sought-after prospect, Alex Foster claimed offers from Wisconsin, Illinois, Northwestern, Purdue, and Tennessee. There was one thing that made Minnesota stick out above the rest.
"Just the fact that Tubby is a veteran coach," he said. "I feel real comfortable there. I felt like the whole Minnesota staff, I felt like they really wanted me and that made my decision so much easier."
Late Saturday afternoon, Foster gave his commitment to Tubby Smith and the Golden Gophers. The 6-foot-9 three-star felt that the time was right to give his verbal commitment.
"I [committed] today because today is my birthday," said Foster. "I figured it'd be like a birthday gift for me and Coach Tubby."
Tubby Smith was ecstatic with his newest commitment.
"I asked him if they had a No. 34 and he said, ‘Yeah, you can have whatever number you want, what you are trying to tell me?' I was like, ‘I'm trying to tell you I want to play for you!' He was like, ‘You just made my day,'" Foster explained.
Foster will help to replace the loss of Trevor Mbakwe, Rodney Williams, and Andre Ingram with his tenacious playing style that he brings to the court.
"Energy, I think I can bring a lot of energy [to the Gophers]," Foster said.
Foster will be reunited with former teammate Alvin Ellis who is the other 2013 Minnesota commit. Although they have been friends for some time, Foster did not base his decision on playing with his friend.
"I wouldn't say that it was a big factor but it had a little bit to do with it," he said. "I've known him since I was in fifth grade so I've always been tight with him. As far as my decision, it wasn't a big factor."
Another former teammate of the duo is Gopher target Gavin Schilling. Foster was open to the possibility of adding another teammate at Minnesota.
"You never know," he said. "It could happen."