Rickert a no-show at Arizona signing

Duluth East standout Rick Rickert missed an appointment to sign a letter of intent with Arizona on Wednesday afternoon.
Instead, Rickert’s father, Lew, gave a statement, saying his son was reconsidering playing for both the Wildcats and Minnesota.
Rickert will reportedly still make a decision this week, although his father said that would not be the family’s preference. Another option would be to wait until the spring signing period.
Minnesota would likely have a scholarship available for the 6-foot-10 senior in the spring. That might not be the case at Arizona.
Gophers coach Dan Monson has said he would continue to recruit Rickert despite his earlier verbal comittment to the Wildcats.
Minnesota announced four other players had signed letters of intent yesterday to play for the Gophers in 2001-02.
Highlighting the list is Highland Park high school’s Maurice Hargrow, a 6-foot-4 shooting guard who was a Minnesota all-state selection last year.
Also from the Twin Cities is Jerry Holman, a 6-foot-11 power forward from Minneapolis Community College. In this summer’s Howard Pulley League, Holman impressed fans with 21 points, seven rebounds and six blocked shots in a match-up against former Gophers center Joel Przybilla.
Minnesota also went out of state to grab Austin, Texas’ O’Neal Mims. The power forward averaged 15 points and 12 rebounds per game as a junior in high school.
The list rounds out with Aaron Robinson, a 5-foot-8 guard from Rockford, Ill. Like Mims, Robinson also averaged a double-double as a junior.
Minnesota coach Dan Monson said he felt very good about this fall’s Gophers recruiting class.

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