Stanley Gaines expected to transfer to Seton Hall

Minnesota sophomore forward Stanley Gaines announced last month that he was leaving the Gophers after starting 17 contests, averaging 5.5 points and 3.2 rebounds and becoming the team's defensive stopper. It now looks like the Chicago native will land in the Big East.

Stanley Gaines made great strides in his game this season and received interest from schools like Rice and DePaul. Gaines had become a key player for the Gophers in the second half of the season and was expected to carry a bigger role next year. Unfortunately, his leaving the program was a continuation of a bad season for the Maroon and Gold.

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 during the season. 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.

Gaines is a former high school teammate of Seton Hall incoming freshman Justin Cerasoli at Chicago (IL) Providence St. Mel. Cerasoli, who the Gophers recruited, later transferred to Aurora (IL) West Aurora for his junior and senior season. Gaines' high school coach Billy Garrett is currently a Seton Hall assistant coach.

Seton Hall finished 21-10 overall and 10-6 in the Big East. The Pirates lost to Duke in the second round of the NCAA Tournament.

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