Basketball recruiting diary

One Gophers signee made a big impact in an all-star tournament last weekend and another prospect is ranked highly on the West Coast. Find out what's going on with recruits in this Gopher basketball recruiting diary.

by Chris Monter of, June 6, 2004 at 2:29am ET

Gopher signee Rico Tucker of San Diego (Calif.) University scored a game-high 37 points, but it was not enough as the South team lost to the North squad 106-101 in the The San Diego County All-Star held at West Hills High. Tucker made three three-pointers. Tucker is averaging 27.7 points per game for the Dons and is expected to play a big role for the Gophers as a freshman this season.

by Greg Hicks of, June 4, 2004 at 1:37pm ET

In the rankings released today by, Jerry Davon-Jefferson, a 6-7 junior power forward from Lynwood (Calif.) High, was ranked No. 2 among 2005 West Coast power forwards.

Jefferson has the most upside among all of the West Coast power forward prospects and could conceivably end up the best player if he can bring a little more consistent focus to his game. He's very athletic and is just starting to show some offense away from the basket.

Jefferson is thought to have more than a dozen Division I schools interested in him, including Minnesota, but he has only four scholarship offers to this point.

by Mike Hughes of, June 1, 2004 at 2:02pm ET

Jerry-Davon Jefferson said his recruitment was "wide-open" and listed USC, Arizona, UCLA, Arizona State, Louisville and Kansas at the Bob Gibbons Tournament of Champions.

"I'm looking for a good relationship with the coaching staff," Jefferson said. "Also, academics, whether or not I fit into their program and style of play and the environment of the school are important factors too."

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