When it comes to the small forward position Minnesota seems to be in a good spot. They at some point will have Davonte Fitzgerald either for next year, or for the next two years if he gets a medical red-shirt.
Also, Michael Hurt is a shooter at the three spot and Minnesota needs shooters in a big way. Amir Coffey can play the three as well as the guard spots. And Ahmad Gilbert started six games at the position last season.
The 2018 graduates will join during the 2018-19 season so it’s a long ways away, but there are talented players that are looking at that could help quickly.
Race Thompson. At 6-foot-7, maybe 6-foot-8 Race can play the one or the two. You would be a fantastic replacement for Jordan Murphy but Race is a better shooter and ball handler. Not to mention Race already has a great physique and is quite athletic/explosive. He’s played the one for his AAU team at times as well. He’s a four star recruit that will have a load of offers although his dad is Darrell Thompson who is not only a Minnesota football legend but still works for the school. Has seven high major offers including the Gophers, Marquette, Iowa State, Kansas State, Nebraska, Arizona State, and Northwestern.
Sid Wilson. Wilson reclassified from 2017 to 2018 recently as he went to Brewster Academy. Sidney has played with Isaiah Washington nearly his entire basketball life and he’s know Gopher assistant Kimani Young for a long time. Wilson plays with New Heights and Minnesota has been recruiting him since his 15U year which was the spring and summer of 2014. The connections are there. Wilson, who really reminds me of Rodney Williams in high school, already has 17 scholarship offers at the high major level including Indiana, UNLV, Memphis, Texas, UCONN, Louisville, and many others.
Isaiah Mucius. Isaiah was one of the top names in terms of stock raisers this summer and Minnesota assistant Kimani Young watched him regularly. The Gophers were the sixth team to offer following Oregon, Saint Louis, Penn State, St John’s, and Wake Forest. Since then five other major conference programs have offered the highly rated four star recruit who stands 6-foot-8 and 190 pounds out of Brooklyn. Xavier was the latest to offer Isaiah who came in 30th in the most recent Scout.com rankings in this class.
Keshawn Justice. A 6-foot-4 up and coming wing out of Madison East that played with Wisconsin committed Tyler Herro, local Minnesota big Adam Trapp, and lead guard Jordan McCabe who Minnesota was recruiting. In watching Keshawn this summer the Gophers most have liked what they saw to a degree because they went back and watched him at an open gym workout again this fall. Justice has offers from Northern Iowa, Drake, UWGB, and UW-Milwaukee right now.
Shae Mitchell. When you talk about Shae you talk about his potential. He’s about 6-foot-7 with extremely long arms, a developing shooting stroke, explosive bounce, and good high school numbers. Right now Drexel has offered and schools like Northern Iowa are watching him the closest. Mitchell was recently on campus for a football game. If he turns the corner on that potential he is one to watch. Shae is from Lakeville South.