Minnesota is looking for lead guards in the 2018 class and has recently watched several

Gopher Head Coach Richard Pitino added a top point guard in his 2017 class but is also looking for another ball handler for his 2018 group.

Four star Isaiah Washington committed to Minnesota a month ago after his official visit to the school.  Next year he will join upperclassmen ball handlers as well as combo guard Jamir Harris who has also committed to Minnesota in the 2017 class. 

But the Gophers still need lead guard depth for the future so they’re following the following prospects closely.  Remember there will likely be four, maybe even five scholarships to give in the 2018 class.


Tre Jones.  The five star Apple Valley talent is the younger brother of Tyus Jones and many people think that Coach K is the favorite to land Tre.  However, Tre has been out to see Arizona and they, along with UCLA, have been heavily involved in this recruitment.  What about Minnesota?  Richard Pitino has not thrown in the towel.  He’s been out to see Jones recently and word on the street is that Tre would have some interest in staying at home if the Gopher program is winning regularly and his brother Tyus was still with the Timberwolves.


Markquis Nowell.  A 5-foot-9 point guard from Harlem that plays way bigger than his size.  Offers from VCU, Western Kentucky, Rutgers, Seton Hall, Georgetown, and Minnesota as of late last winter. Some services have had Nowell in their past top 100 rankings. 


Robert Phinisee.  A six foot Indiana lead guard who plays with Indiana Elite and is ranked in the top 100 many places.  Indiana, Butler, Purdue, and Virginia have all offered so far.  Minnesota assistant coach Ben Johnson has recently watched Phinisee play twice.  They were in last night to see him and they went to see him two weeks ago.


CJ Fredrick.  Minnesota joined Nebraska in watching CJ play yesterday at his Kentucky school.   The six foot lead guard has an offer from Iowa as well as several mid-major offers to go with it. 


Jordan McCabe.  A West Virginia committed point guard that Minnesota offered some time ago but when assistant Nate Pomeday, who was recruiting Jordan, left Minnesota the Gophers stopped recruiting him.  McCabe is from Wisconsin and is familiar with the Gopher staff but is headed to West Virginia. 


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