Dan Coleman transfers to Minnesota

Forward Dan Coleman of Minnetonka Hopkins has transferred to Minnesota. He will be eligible to play for the Golden Gophers for the 2004-05 season due to NCAA transfer guidelines. Coleman got his release from Boston College. Coleman committed to the Eagles last June and helped lead Hopkins to a third-place finish in the Class AAAA state championship this season. He was named to the College Basketball News' Minnesota All-State team after averaging 15 points and eight rebounds per game.

Dan Coleman is the nephew of former University of Minnesota player Ben Coleman. He was a Minnesota Mr. Basketball award finalist and would join high school teammate Kris Humphries. The two helped Hopkins win the 2002 Minnesota Class AAAA state title. The Gophers will also have Maurice Hargrow, Jeff Hagen, Adam Boone, Aaron Robinson, Stanley Gaines, Kris Humphries, Wesley Washington, Aliou Kane, Kerry Woolridge, Spencer Tollackson and Miles Webb on the roster next season.

"We¹re very excited to have Dan as a part of this program," head coach Dan Monson said. "His versatility fits perfectly into our style of play and he is a great addition to the 2004-05 recruiting class. It will be a great advantage to have him on campus for a year working with our coaches and players."

Coleman earned three letters in basketball and was an all-conference selection after his junior and senior seasons and was an all-area pick his senior year.

"This is the place for me," said Coleman. "I'm looking forward to playing for the Gophers and wearing the Maroon and Gold. I realized I wanted to stay close to home so my friends and family could see me play. I¹m very happy and I can't wait for practice to begin and to help this program achieve greater success."

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