First-year head men’s basketball coach Richard Pitino landed his first commitment in the 2014 class Monday when power forward Josh Martin of Seattle announced his decision to commit to the Gophers via Twitter.
“Hopefully when he’s the next Pitino in the Hall of Fame, I can say I was the first commit,” Martin said.
One down, still a few more to go.
This year’s Gophers squad is void of proven big men. Martin isn’t proven either, but he’s got potential.
Three-star recruit Josh Martin gave his commitment to Minnesota on Monday afternoon.
Antwan “Luv” Harris didn’t play basketball growing up, but now he’s one of the most successful youth coaches in Minnesota at age 40.
From future NBA talents to players just trying to earn a college scholarship, the University of Minnesota alumnus has influenced a variety of young men since the 1990s, including several who have later worn Gophers jerseys.
In 1995, Harris started coaching Howard Pulley, a Minneapolis-based team in the Amateur Athletic Union. The AAU is a competitive organization that attracts the nation’s top high school players.
Antwan Harris has coached young local talent since 1995.
Gophers athletics director Norwood Teague presented the first phase of his long-awaited athletics facilities plan — a phase priced at $190 million — Wednesday to the University of Minnesota’s Board of Regents.
Teague said the $190 million will be privately funded and will be used to construct several facilities at an expanded Bierman Field complex:
• A men’s and women’s basketball practice facility
• A football complex
• A women’s gymnastics facility
• An Olympic sport indoor practice facility
The Gophers athletics director said the $190 million, which covers the first part of the plan, will be privately funded.