Colton Iverson Commits to Minnesota

Colton Iverson, a 6-foot-10, 235-pound big man from Yankton (SD) High, has committed to Minnesota after a home vist from Minnesota head coach Tubby Smith Wednesday, according to sources close to the program. Iverson visited Nebraska this past weekend and Minnesota the previous week and will sign with the Gophers in the November signing period.

Colton Iverson saw his recruitment go through the roof after he led the South Dakota Heat AAU team to the Hoosier Shootout 17-and-under title. He became a prime recruiting target for Minnesota and its coaching staff.

Gophers head coach Tubby Smith made a home visit with Iverson yesterday. He spoke at the Yankton Quarterback Club, appeared at the school and had dinner with the Iverson family.

Iverson averaged 15 points and 9.7 rebounds per game for Yankton, which finished at 16-10 with a fifth-place finish in the state tournament.

Iverson scored 20 points in the consolation championship as Yankton defeated Mitchell 68-42. He scored 15 points in a 47-37 win over Rapid City Stevens in the consolation semifinals.

Iverson shined this summer as a member of the South Dakota Heat AAU team. He helped lead the Heat to the Hoosier Shootout title as he scored 28 points in the championship game and he was named MVP.

He received recruiting interest from South Dakota, Minnesota, Colorado State, Washington State, Nebraska, New Mexico, Indiana State, Richmond, Eastern Kentucky, North Dakota State, South Dakota State, Iowa, UCLA, Marquette, Florida, Iowa State, and Creighton.

Iverson previously told GoldenSports.Net that he enjoyed his recent visit to Minnesota.

"This a great place. I really like it. Good people. Good environment. It has been a good trip so far," he said.

Iverson will be expected to carry a bigger share of the load next year at Yankton as he is the lone returning starter and they welcome back just three seniors from the varsity roster. However, Iverson has high hopes for the upcoming season.

"I think that we should have a pretty good season. We've got some kids in my class that are capable of stepping up on the perimeter, so we should be all right this season," he said.

Iverson comes from a basketball family. His father is the head girls coach at Mount Mary, where his sister, Cassie, is a senior. The Lancers finished 22-10 last season. His other sister Kara, a sophomore, plays at South Dakota. She averaged 1.1 points and 0.6 rebounds per game last season.

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