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Chip Armelin To Transfer From Minnesota Golden Gophers Basketball Team

Minnesota Golden Gophers sophomore guard Chip Armelin is seeking to transfer to a new school, according to a recent report. That would open up a scholarship for Trevor Mbakwe or possibly former Hopkins High School standout Trent Lockett.

The Minnesota Golden Gophers haven't had a lot of luck keeping their players in the program since Tubby Smith came on board and, unfortunately, it looks like that trend will continue again this offseason. Nothing has been announced by the school as of yet, but it seems that Chip Armelin will be transferring following his sophomore season.

Armelin wasn't a key contributor to the team that made a miracle run on the way to the NIT championship last month, so it shouldn't be a gigantic loss. It'll be a loss nonetheless, however, if the report from Marcus Fuller of the Pioneer Press turns out to be true.

University of Minnesota sophomore guard Chip Armelin has told the Gophers he wants to transfer, according to a person with knowledge of the situation.

Nothing is official because Armelin has not been released from his scholarship to play for another school next season.

Without Armelin under scholarship, the Gophers would have room for Trevor Mbakwe once again on the roster. The team has already requested an extra scholarship from the NCAA for the sixth-year player, however, meaning there would be an opening for another player -- possibly Minnesota native Trent Lockett, who is hoping to transfer from Arizona State to be closer to his family.

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