After a recent exit from the Pro-Am league Monday, Gophers basketball player Jordan Murphy is ready to get back to the collegiate season. Murphy played in the Twin Cities Pro-Am League this summer, a basketball league with professional and collegiate players, alongside many of his fellow Gophers teammates.
Filling a future need, a defensive tackle has transferred to Minnesota. Former Alabama defensive tackle O.J. Smith announced he has transferred to the University of Minnesota on Twitter Thursday.
The Gophers felt right at home in a Minneapolis tournament. Numerous swimmers from Minnesota competed at the Minneapolis Speedo Sectional right at the University’s Jean K.
Junior Kaela Marcus was ready for the Minneapolis Speedo Sectional. “It used to be a big goal of mine to qualify for sectionals,” Marcus said. “It’s pretty fun to come back and compete like this and be able to place pretty highly.” The event, which took place at the University’s Jean K. Freeman Aquatic Center from July 19-22, saw Marcus finish with two top-three marks.
From Hutchinson, Minnesota to Minneapolis, Lindsay Whalen hasn’t strayed from Minnesota. She didn’t leave her school behind either. Whalen, a former Minnesota point guard from 2000-04, has proven she can thrive at every level, breaking the record for most wins among WNBA players, but she also stayed close to the Gophers program. “I try to go to a practice or two every year,” Whalen said.
Jalen Mayfield, a four-star recruit from Michigan, announced on Twitter he was committed to the Gophers on Feb.
Minnesota rowing and Anna Cruse accomplished a first over the summer. Cruse, a Minnesota rower who graduated in 2017, was the first rower from the University of Minnesota to qualify and be selected for a roster spot on the Under 23 National Team, as the national team was fully selected on July 7. “It’s definitely an honor,” Cruse said.
After four years as an All-American wrestler for Minnesota, Logan Storley is taking on a different fighting technique. Storley signed with Bellator MMA in late June, and is prepping for his first match with the club on July 14.
The game didn’t end for the most recent graduates of the Gophers volleyball program. Team USA is starting prep for the Olympics next summer, and there is a Minnesota connection on the team.
Minnesota’s hot start and solid season paid off Wednesday. The Gophers will play in the NCAA tournament for the first time since 2014-15. “I don’t think that will pose, necessarily, any different challenge,” said head coach Geoff Young.