Stanley Gaines could be latest Gopher to leave

There had been plenty of talk about Minnesota sophomore forward Stanley Gaines leaving the program early in the 2003-04 season, and many fans felt that they might be better without the Chicago native. However, Gaines made great strides in his game and started 17 contests, averaging 5.5 points and 3.2 rebounds and becoming the team's defensive stopper. Gaines had become a key player and was expected to carry a bigger role next season. Unfortunately, it looks like Gaines might be transferring.

Stanley Gaines met with head coach Dan monson for 45 minutes, according to Star Tribune beat writer Jeff Schelman, and the two are expected to meet again today. There had been rumors during the season that he might transfer to a school closer to home, perhaps DePaul.

The Gophers must already replace Kris Humphries, who turned pro and graduating seniors Michael Bauer and Ben Johnson, who combined for 41.3 points and 17.7 rebounds. They also lost redshirt freshman Aliou Kane, who averaged just 0.6 points and 0.5 rebounds and walk-on Matt Smriga, who announced that he will not use his fifth year of eligibility, focusing instead on his academics.

The Gophers also lost Maurice Hargrow, who left the program. He transferred to Arkansas, where he will be eligible after sitting out the first seven games of the season.

The Gophers finished just 12-18 last season, winning only three Big Ten games.

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