Davonte Fitzgerald to transfer from Minnesota

Davonte Fitzgerald played one season with the Gophers after transferring from Texas A&M in 2015.

Senior Davonte Fitzgerald blocks Concordia on Thursday, Nov. 2, 2017 at Williams Arena.

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Senior Davonte Fitzgerald blocks Concordia on Thursday, Nov. 2, 2017 at Williams Arena.

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Forward Davonte Fitzgerald is leaving the Gophers basketball team, the team announced Monday.

Fitzgerald will look to play his final season of eligibility at another school, after tallying 3.7 points, 2.4 rebounds and 13.3 minutes per game in the 2017-18 season at Minnesota. He made four starts playing in 31 games for the Gophers.

“Davonte has been an outstanding member of our program through his time here, and I’m sure he will go on to great things both next year and beyond in his career,” head coach Richard Pitino said in a statement.

The Atlanta native came to Minnesota after two years at Texas A&M. He sat out his first year due to NCAA transfer rules and then suffered an injury in the 2016-17 season to keep him off the court again for Minnesota.

To replace Fitzgerald’s minutes, the Gophers will need to find a new forward, possibly from next year’s freshman class.

The Gophers will add center Daniel Oturu and forward Jarvis Omersa to the freshman class next year. Other than their two new faces, the Gophers have Jordan Murphy, Eric Curry and Michael Hurt currently listed as forwards on the roster.

Curry suffered a knee injury before the 2017-18 year and missed the entire season.