Jamir Harris to transfer from Gophers

Harris averaged 14.1 minutes per game for the Gophers in his first year with the program.

Freshman Jamir Harris keeps the ball away from Concordia on Thursday, Nov. 2, 2017 at Williams Arena.

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Freshman Jamir Harris keeps the ball away from Concordia on Thursday, Nov. 2, 2017 at Williams Arena.

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Freshman guard Jamir Harris will leave the Gophers after one year with Minnesota, the team announced in a press release Friday.

Harris, who came to Minnesota from North Brunswick, New Jersey, averaged 3.9 points and .9 rebounds per game as a guard. He played in 28 out of 32 games last season, starting in two. 

His career-high came in the overtime victory against Penn State on Jan. 15 when he tallied 16 points, 10 of which came in overtime.

Harris’ departure marks the second time in a month that the Gophers have lost a player. The team announced forward Davonte Fitzgerald made the decision to transfer on March 26. There are now three scholarship spots open for next year.

The Gophers have recruited a guard, Gabe Kalscheur, for the team’s roster next season. Minnesota also adds Jarvis Thomas Omersa and Daniel Oturu, two players who were forwards in their high school careers.

Minnesota went 15-17 last year, missing both the NIT and the NCAA Tournament. The Gophers’ season ended when they lost 65-54 to Rutgers in the opening round of the Big Ten Tournament.