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Minnesota Gophers basketball player tracker – The Minnesota Daily

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Editor’s note: This article will be continuously updated throughout the summer. Programs and players are arranged in alphabetical order.

Since the end of the 2023-2024 season, several Gophers basketball players have announced their intentions to leave the program or return the following year.

Minnesota Daily basketball beat writers Alex Karwowski and Champ Howard mapped out where each player is headed next season and how he performed last season.

Men’s basketball

Who’s leaving:

Braden Carrington

Class: Sophomore

Position: guard

Stats: 4.6 points per game (PPG), 3.2 rebounds per game (RPG), 1.1 assists per game (APG), 35 field goal percentage (FG%)

Carrington entered the transfer portal on March 28. There is currently no crystal ball prediction from 247Sports.

Cam Christie

Class: Freshmen

Position: guard

Stats: 11.3 PPG, 3.6 RPG, 2.2 APG, 40 FG%

Sports illustrated draft profile of Christe projects him as a second-round pick in the upcoming NBA Draft. Although the young prospect is looking forward to a basketball career after collegehe opted to maintain his eligibility as a collegiate player, leaving the scenario open for his return to the Gophers.

Isaiah Ihnen

Class: Seniors

Position: Forward

Stats: 3.4 PPG, 1.9 RPG, 0.4 APG, 44 FG%

Ihnen announced on March 28 that he was entering the transfer portal. According to 247Sports, he committed to Liberty University.

Kris Keynys

Class: Freshmen

Position: Forward

Keinys saw little action during his freshman season, averaging 4.2 minutes in five games played. The 6-foot-2 Lithuanian entered the transfer portal on March 29.

Joshua Ola-Joseph

Class: Sophomore

Position: Forward

Stats: 7.5 PPG, 2.2 RPG, 0.5 APG, 61 FG%

Ola-Joseph entered the transfer portal on March 27 after losing more and more minutes throughout the season. He told On3Sports on April 20 from his commitment to the University of California next season.

Pharrell Payne

Class: Junior

Position: Center

Stats: 10.0 PPG, 6.1 RPG, 1.2 APG, 60 FG%

Payne announced his decision to enter the transfer portal on March 28. According to Darren Wolfson of KSTP Payne visited Indiana, Louisville, Mississippi State and Nebraska. Meanwhile, Oregon, Texas and Texas A&M are “still in play.”

Who stays:

Isaac Asuma

Class: High school senior

Position: guard

The last time Asuma played on the Williams Arena court, he led Cherry High School to its first state title on March 23 in a win against Fertile-Beltrami.

Kadyn Betts

Class: Redshirt freshman

Position: Forward

Stats: 1.3 PPG, 0.3 RBG, 0.4 APG, 27 FG%.

Betts and the team made this known on April 8 that he would return to the program next season after playing eight games in 2023-2024.

Parker Fox

Class: Redshirt senior

Position: Forward

Stats: 5.1 PPG, 2.9 RPG, 0.7 APG, 68 FG%

Fox announced he would return for his final season as a Gopher on March 13. Fox, known to fans as the team’s energizer off the bench, played in every game last season after missing the previous two seasons due to knee injuries.

Dawson Garcia

Class: Junior

Position: Forward

Stats: 17.6 PPG, 6.7 RPG, 1.6 APG, 49 FG%

Garcia announced his return to the Gophers next season. Garcia is coming off a season in which he was sixth in the Big Ten in scoring and 11th in rebounds.

Grayson Grove

Class: High school senior

Position: Forward

A month after his official visit in October, the three-star recruit signed his letter of intent with Asuma to Minnesota. Grove of Alexandria Area High School finished fourth in the 2024 Class 3A state tournament and was named to the all-tournament team.

“The culture they’ve built and winning more games is really exciting,” Grove said in a late March interview with the Star Tribune. “Hopefully Isaac and I can help them build on what they had this year.”

Elijah Hawkins

Class: Junior

Position: guard

Stats: 9.5 PPG, 3.6 RPG, 7.5 APG, 39 FG%

Hawkins returns for his senior season after breaking the Gophers’ single-season assist record (247) and single-game assist record (15).

Frank Mitchell

Class: Junior

Position: Forward

Stats: 12.1 PPG, 11.6 RPG, 1.5 APG, 56 FG%

On April 17, Mitchell became the first player to sign with the Gophers through the transfer portal this offseason. He previously played for Humber College in Toronto before transferring to Canisius University in 2022.

“He does a phenomenal job in the paint and has a great feel for the game,” Johnson said in a news release. “His ability, both offensively and defensively, translates into winning. Frank was one of the best rebounders in the country last season and can easily get a double-double.”

Mike Mitchell Jr.

Class: Junior

Position: guard

Stats: 10.2 PPG, 2.7 RPG, 2.6 APG, 42 FG%

The Gophers have announced this on April 5 that Mitchell will return to the team for his senior season.

Will Ramberg

Class: Seniors

Position: guard

Stats: 1.0 PPG, 0.0 RPG, 0.0 APG, 100 FG%

Jack Wilson

Class: Seniors

Position: Center

Stats: 1.6 PPG, 0.9 RPG, 0.4 APG, 83 FG%

Women’s basketball

Who’s leaving:

McKynnlie Dalan

Class: Freshmen

Position: Forward

Stats: 0.3 PPG, 0.7 RPG, 0.0 APG, 25 FG%

The Next Hoops first announced Dalan entering the transfer portal on April 18. The Montesano, Washington, native averaged three minutes per game in her lone season as a Gopher.

Ayiana Johnson

Class: Freshmen

Position: Forward

Stats: 3.4 PPG, 1.8 RPG, 0.2 APG, 55 FG%

Johnson announced her decision to enter the transfer portal on social media at the end of the season, with three years of eligibility remaining.

“I want to thank all my coaches, trainers and support staff here at the U,” Johnson said a message on X.

Ajok Madol

Class: Freshmen

Position: Guard/forward

Stats: 2.1 PPG, 0.9 RPG, 0.3 APG, 26 FG%

On April 12, Star Tribune reporter Kent Youngblood wrote that Madol entered the transfer portal. The Saskatchewan native won bronze on the Canadian U19 World Cup team in July 2023.

Janay Sanders

Class: Graduate

Position: guard

Stats: 7.3 PPG, 1.5 RPG, 1.6 APG, 41 FG%

Sanders played her final game of college basketball for the Gophers on April 6 in the Women’s National Invitation Tournament against St. Louis.

Who stays:

Amaya battle

Class: Sophomore

Position: guard

Stats: 12.1 PPG, 4.7 RBG, 5.4 APG, 39 FG%

Mara Braun

Class: Sophomore

Position: guard

Stats: 17.0 PPG, 4.3 RBG, 3.1 APG, 39 FG%

Maggie Czinano

Class: Junior

Position: guard

Stats: 2.7 PPG, 2.0 RPG, 0.6 APG, 39 FG%

Grace Grocholski

Class: Freshmen

Position: guard

Stats: 10.8 PPG, 4.6 RPG, 2.0 APG, 40 FG%

Sophie Hart

Class: Junior

Position: Center

Stats: 10.6 PPG, 5.1 RPG, 1.0 APG, 59 FG%

Mallory Heyer

Class: Sophomore

Position: Forward

Stats: 9.5 PPG, 8.6 RPG, 1.1 APG, 38 FG%

Niamya Holloway

Class: Redshirt freshman

Position: Forward

Stats: 3.6 PPG, 3.1 RPG, 0.4 APG, 46 FG%

McKenna Johnson

Class: Freshmen

Position: guard

Johnson has yet to play a collegiate basketball game. She joined the Gophers as an early enrollee and has been practicing and traveling with the team since January.

Kennedy Click

Class: Freshmen

Position: guard

Klick suffered from a season-ending knee injury before the start of last season and has yet to play her first collegiate basketball game.

Victoria McKinney

Class: High school senior

Position: guard

McKinney will join the Gophers as a true freshman next season. The last time she stepped foot on the Williams Arena court, she won the MSHSL Class 4A state title with Minnetonka High School.

Brynn Senden

Class: Freshmen

Position: guard

Stats: 1.0 PPG, 0.4 RPG, 0.3 APG, 33 FG%

Annika Stewart

Class: Seniors

Position: Forward

Stats: 3.8 PPG, 1.6 RPG, 0.2 APG, 46 FG%

Stewart played the past four seasons at the University of Nebraska before deciding to transfer to the University of Minnesota for her fifth and final season of eligibility. Stewart is a graduate of Wayzata High School and a former teammate of Braun and Senden.

“I chose to become a Gopher because of how much Coach P and the staff put into this program,” Stewart said in an April 12 news release. “I can’t wait to compete with the team, grow as a player and connect with the community.”

Taylor Woodson

Class: Freshmen

Position: Forward

Stats: 1.9 PPG, 1.7 RPG, 0.7 APG, 41 FG%

Woodson played her freshman season at the University of Michigan before transferring to Minnesota. The Minnetonka native is a graduate of Hopkins High School and a former teammate of Battle.

“I can’t wait to spend the next three years at the University of Minnesota and playing for my home team,” Woodson said in an April 18 news release. “I’m grateful for the opportunity to play in front of friends and family. and I’m excited for what’s to come.”

Aminata See

Class: Seniors

Position: Forward/center

Stats: 0.3 PPG, 0.0 RPG, 0.0 APG, 100 FG%