Minnesota Coaches Hit Recruiting Trail

The Minnesota Gophers basketball team has hit the ground running for the 2009 recruiting class. They have already received a commitment from Royce White and are looking at several talented players. Their coaches will be at most of the country's top AAU events this summer. Assistant coach Vince Taylor will be at the LeBron James Skills Academy starting Sunday to check out several top prospects.

Royce White, a 6-foot-7, 213-pound forward from Minnetonka (MN) Hopkins committed to Minnesota, is playing at the LeBron James Skills Academy for the second straight season. He was measured with a 6-foot-10 wingspan.

Rodney Williams, a 6-foot-5, 180-pound forward from Robbinsdale (MN) Cooper, is also playing in the LeBron James Skills Academy for the second straight year. Williams and White both play for the Howard Pulley AAU program. Williams is working hard on his academics to be eligible as a freshman and White admits that he is working on convincing his friend to join him at Minnesota.

Taylor is also going to watch two seniors from the Badger State.

Jamil Wilson, a 6-foot-5, 203-pound forward from Racine (WI) Horlick and Johnnie Lacy, a 5-foot-120, 151-pound point guard out of Milwaukee (WI) Bay View, are getting interest from the Gophers and Minnesota is considered the favorite for Lacy. Wilson is a talented player, but the Gophers have already landed fellow forward White and Williams is high on their priority list.

Minnesota is looking at junior Harrison Barnes, a 6-foot-5, 196-pound forward from Ames (IA) High who has a 6-foot-10 wingspan. Barnes has received an offer from Minnesota, along with offers from Kansas, Texas, Indiana, Iowa State and others.

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