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Gophers basketball recruiting nets junior college transfer Daniel Edozie

Minnesota Golden Gophers basketball program landed a verbal commitment from 6'8, 240-pound forward Daniel Edozie on Oct. 3.

Anthony Gruppuso-US PRESSWIRE - Presswire

The Minnesota Golden Gophers basketball team received a verbal commitment from 6'8, 240-pound forward Daniel Edozie on Oct. 3, and the junior college transfer from Tyler Junior College in Texas says it had a lot to do with how head coach Tubby Smith and his staff approached the recruiting process. Edozie told the Pioneer Press that Minnesota was honest from the beginning during recruitment, and now he has his sights set on averaging a double-double in points and rebounds. As Edozie put it: "I like being underrated because you have a chance to surprise people."

He also received interest from Oregon and Oklahoma, but neither school offered him a scholarship. Minnesota did present Edozie with a scholarship, and now Tubby Smith and company have two scholarships remaining for the class.

The Gophers are currently preparing for the upcoming season, where they have big games scheduled against the Duke Blue Devils on Nov. 22 in the Battle 4 Atlantis Tournament in the Bahamas, and against the Florida State Seminoles on Nov. 27 in the Big Ten/ACC Challenge.

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