Minnesota is expected to have four to give in the 2018 class. Right now there are five juniors on scholarship in the program but that could change if there was a transfer and the team used a scholarship to get a third 2017 recruit in the spring, or if Davonte Fitzgerald was able to get a sixth year of eligibility from the NCAAs because of injuries suffered.
We expect the number to be four but it could definitely be five to give. With that many to offer the team is looking at players at all positions and one of the key spots they seem to be focusing on is shooting guard. Here are six of the guys they have taken an interest in (they are looking at several others as well).
Gabe Kalscheur. Gabe is a 6-foot-4 local product who is from Edina and goes to DeLaSalle High School. He scored 20 points per game for the state champs last year and then played up a level on the Howard Pulley 17U team this past spring/summer. He was Pulley’s third leading scorer for much of the year. Gabe has offers from Minnesota, Northern Iowa, and North Dakota plus he recently took a visit to Arkansas. He’s one of the state’s best shooters. Minnesota offered him in the spring.
AJ Green. A 6-foot-1 guard who can play both guard spots Green is from Cedar Falls, Iowa where his father Kyle is an assistant coach for Northern Iowa. AJ stands 6-foot-1 and is immensely skilled with one of the best shooting touches in the county. Scout.com ranks him as a four star recruit. Minnesota offered AJ recently after he took an unofficial visit to the school. Green also has offers from UND, SDSU, and UNI of course plus has had numerous high major programs in to see him like Stanford, Nebraska, and Iowa State.
Eric Hunter Jr. Eric is a 6-foot-3 guard from Indianapolis who has been rated with four stars in some places. Minnesota assistant Ben Johnson was in to watch Hunter this week and watched him earlier in the fall as well. Eric has a long list of offers that includes Xavier, Nebraska, Purdue, Butler, and others. Minnesota has not offered that we know of but based on their efforts to see him Eric seems like a guy they are focusing on.
Eric Ayala. Eric is name that really grabbed attention with We-R1 this summer and Coach Pitino and Kimani Young were at many games watching several guys. Eric has a list of offers that includes Penn State, VCU, USC, South Carolina, Temple, Cincinnati, St. John’s, Miami, Seton Hall, Maryland, Oklahoma State, UCONN, and most recently Arizona. The 6-foot-5 talent from Delaware has not mentioned Minnesota but they have watched and talked about him.
Mitch Listau. A 6-foot-2 shooting guard from Wisconsin that was watched several times by former assistant Nate Pomeday. Mitch has four D1 offers from mid/low major programs and he’s a very skilled backcourt player from Waunakee High. With Pomeday gone it doesn’t seem like the Gophers are still on him hard but time will tell.