Brehm's Oto Osenieks Could Become a Gopher

Oto Osenieks, a 6-foot-9, 215-pound forward from Carbondale (IL) Brehm Academy, will become the latest Gopher commitment, according to sources close to his recruitment. Osenieks hadn't received a Minnesota offer before the visit, but the Gophers extended him an offer this weekend. GoldenSports.Net caught up with Brehm head coach Aaron Lee who said that the two will talk about the decision tonight.

Oto Osenieks played for the Latavian national team in the European 18 and Under Championships in 2008, held in Greece. He averaged 5.6 points and 3.5 rebounds per game, while shooting 54% from the field percent from the floor with 3.5 rebounds a contest. Osenieks played in a Latvian junior league, where he scored 7.4 points per in 15 minutes per contest.

Osenieks picked Minnesota over interest from Providence, Iowa State and Cincinnati.

Osenieks is a player with many strengths says Brehm Academy head coach Aaron Lee.

"I think that as a 6-9 kid, he creates matchup problems with his size. He can post up small players and big forwards at the Big Ten level will have a hard time with him going off the bounce and to the basket and finish well above the rim. He can create matchup problems. He is so versatile in what he can do at the offensive end of the court."

Osenieks has several areas of where he can improve as a player.

"I think that he will definitely need to get stronger. That will come with age and a good weight program. I think that he needs to be a little more selfish in terms of his ability to score."

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