Former Gopher Kim Zurcher passes away

Former Minnesota Gopher basketball player Kim Zurcher passed away last Friday at the age of 38 after a battle with cancer. Zurcher played for the Gophers in 1987 and 1988 and was a starter both seasons under Clem Haskins, whose first two seasons at Minnesota coincided with Zurcher. He played in 55 games and averaged 7.8 points per game in his career.

Kim Zurcher averaged 9.0 points per game in 1986-87 and 6.6 points in 1987-88. The team went 19-37 in his two seasons as Clem Haskins tried to rebuild the program that had been hit by scandal. Zurcher made 57 of 146 (39%) three-pointers in his career. He ranks fourth among Gophers in career three-point percentage.

Zurcher was a standout high school player at Syracuse (IN) Wawasee, where he later served as an assistant coach.

Zurcher leaves behind a wife, Jennifer and two sons, Zachary and Lucas.

GoldenSports.Net's thoughts and prayers go out to the Zurcher family.

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