Pair won’t be with Gophers next year

by Bob Wothe

Minnesota’s men’s basketball team announced Monday that it will not have the services of two players who were expected to contribute next season.

Gophers coach Dan Monson said in a statement that 7-foot junior college transfer and former Minneapolis North star James Davis and redshirt freshman Kerry Wooldridge will not be with the team next year.

Davis, who was expected to help fill the void left by graduating senior Jeff Hagen, was arrested March 10 for carrying a gun without a permit. Monson said he met with Davis and concluded that “he needs next year to meet his academic requirements and sort through his personal affairs.”

Wooldridge, a 6-foot-8-inch forward who was thought to have great potential when he came to Minnesota, announced he would transfer from the team.

It was speculated for some time that at least one of the two would not be on the team next year, because the NCAA granted Adam Boone a sixth year of eligibility, which put the Gophers over the scholarship limit of 13.

Wooldridge, a San Leandro, Calif., native, is rumored to be unhappy with his lack of playing time and to be heading back to a West Coast school.

Men’s golf in 12th place

Minnesota’s men’s golf team was in 12th place out of 14 teams after the second round of the National Invitational Tournament at the Omni Tucson National in Tucson, Ariz.

The Gophers shot a second-round 287 to move to an even-par 576 for the tournament. Bronson La’Cassie leads Minnesota’s individuals in a tie for 24th place at a 2-under 142.