Gophers’ basketball officially adds two 2021 commits

On National Signing Day, the Gophers’ men’s basketball team saw their two 2021 commits officially sign letters of intent.

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Gophers Head Coach Richard Pitino looks on from the sidelines during a free throw attempt at Williams Arena on Wednesday, Feb. 26. The Gophers entered the second half with a 47-31 lead over the Maryland Terrapins.

AJ Condon, Sports Reporter

On Wednesday, the Gophers’ officially added Treyton Thompson and Kenny Pohto to their roster for the 2021-22 season. Both commits signed their National Letter of Intent, head coach Richard Pitino announced.

Both commits are listed as three-star recruits on 247sports, however, ESPN gave them each a four star rating, making this the seventh straight year the Gophers have landed at least one four-star recruit.

Thompson has previous ties to Minnesota being an Alexandria, Minnesota, native before he transferred to La Lumiere School in Indiana. Pohto, a Stockholm, Sweden native, currently resides in Kansas where he plays for Sunrise Christian Academy.

Coincidentally, both commits play the center position and come in at 6-foot-11, the difference being Pohto has 50 pounds on Thompson. In their respective states, Thompson is ranked the No. 5 center and Pohto is ranked as the No. 4 center, while they are both in the top-30 at their position in the nation.

In high school, Thompson played his first two years at Alexandria High School where he averaged 15.8 points and 8.5 rebounds during his sophomore year. Once he transferred to La Lumiere, he helped bring the Lakers to a 22-5 season. He also has experience in AAU playing for D1 Minnesota.

Pohto played for the Buffaloes last season, which MaxPreps has them ranked No. 2 in the country. He brings a three point shot to the team hitting 53% from deep last year. He also represented Sweden at the 2018 FIBA U16 European Championships, and averaged 13.1 points and 11.6 rebounds over the tournament.

Both recruits will have role models to watch on the team in junior center Liam Robbins and grad transfer forward Brandon Johnson.