Webb’s transfer makes three who won’t be with team

Bob Wothe

Minnesota’s men’s basketball team announced Tuesday that yet another player would not be with the program next year.

Miles Webb, a 6-foot-3-inch freshman guard from Brooklyn Park, Minn., said in a statement that he “fulfilled a personal goal to play for the Gophers,” but he is ready to continue his career elsewhere.

Webb’s departure follows on the heels of similar announcements about redshirt freshman Kerry Wooldridge and junior college transfer James Davis. But the announcement is not surprising, given the depth Minnesota will have on the perimeter next year.

It is unlikely Webb would have seen more playing time next year, because Minnesota has at least five players who would likely be ahead of him on the depth chart, including returning players Vincent Grier, Adam Boone, Maurice Hargrow and Rico Tucker, as well as incoming freshman Kevin Payton.

It has been rumored for some time that Webb is headed to Minneapolis Community and Technical College to play under coach Jay Pivec.

Webb’s departure, combined with the losses of Wooldridge and Davis, means the Gophers have two additional scholarships to offer for next season.

It’s possible the extra scholarships could be offered to one of the four walk-ons on the team this season: Alex Popp, Zach Puchtel, Jordan Nuness or Ryan Saunders. But they will likely go to junior college players or late-bloomer high schoolers.

Men’s golf finishes 11th

Minnesota’s men’s golf team finished 11th at the National Invitational Tournament in Tucson, Ariz., after a final-round 284 to finish 4-under-par.

The Gophers were led by Bronson La’Cassie, whose final-round 65 moved him into a tie for fourth place in the overall standings at 9-under.

Swenson earns award

Men’s track senior Jason Swenson was named Big Ten athlete of the week after winning the javelin at the Jim Click Shootout in Tucson on Saturday. Swenson’s throw of 204-6 won the title.