NCAA grants waiver for Gophers’ Robbins

Liam Robbins’ waiver was granted by the NCAA, allowing him to play this season. Robbins will likely replace center Daniel Oturu.


Gopher head coach Richard Pitino looks down the court on Tuesday, March 5 at Williams Arena.

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Forward Liam Robbins’ waiver was granted by the NCAA, allowing him to play this season for the Gophers’ basketball team, according to the Star Tribune’s Marcus Fuller. 

Robbins transferred to the University of Minnesota in April after playing two seasons at Drake University. Robbins averaged 14.1 points per game and 7.1 rebounds per game last season. Robbins will help the Gophers replace center Daniel Oturu, who left Minnesota to enter the NBA Draft. 

“We were pretty confident that I would get my waiver… But you just never know, so we were just hopeful. And you know, it took a while; we were just glad to finally get the news that I was eligible,” Robbins said in a press conference. 

The Gophers roster is coming together after a significant amount of turnover in the spring. Guard Marcus Carr will return to Minnesota after opting out of the NBA Draft and the Gophers also added graduate transfer Brandon Johnson in April who his eligible immediately because of his grad transfer status.

Minnesota also added Utah transfer Both Gach in June. According to Fuller, the Gophers have not yet sent in the waiver for Gach, but it will likely be granted as Gach is an Austin, Minnesota native. Gach and Robbins will likely start alongside Carr this season whenever it will take place. 

“As hard as it’s been to do, I feel like we’ve all just taken the approach [of] business as usual,” Robbins said. “Just treating it like we’re going to have a season even though we may not know when that’s going to be. That’s our mindset. I think that’s been a pretty good way to approach it.”