The University of Minnesota men’s basketball added some size and length to their frontcourt when Illinois junior center Reggie Lynch announced his transfer to the Gophers according to several reports.
The 6-10, 260-pound big man, originally from Edina, Minnesota native averaged 9.5 points, 5.4 rebounds and 2.8 blocks per game for the Redbirds in his sophomore season. He will now join a Gopher recruiting class that will feature the three guards of Kevin Dorsey, Dupree McBrayer and Jarvis Johnson along with big man Jonathan Nwankwo.
Lynch will instantly give the Gophers depth, size and experience. The biggest thing he brings to the table is his shot blocking ability, which will be greatly appreciated at Minnesota, who only has Kontae and Nwankwo as their other fellow centers. He can alter shots and rebounds the ball well. At this time, his game consists of down low scoring with a few good post moves and put-backs, but his outside shooting is still a work in process.
While being a native of Minnesota, he also has a family tie with his uncle, Kevin Lynch, playing for the Gophers from 1987-1991 seasons.
Per NCAA transfer rules, Lynch will have to sit out the 2015-2016 season, before resuming his eligibility and heading back to game action on the court in the 2016-2017 season.