Gophers guard Jamal Mashburn Jr. enters transfer portal

Jamal Mashburn Jr. is one of two Gophers who’ve entered the portal already since the men’s basketball program parted ways with coach Richard Pitino.

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Jamal Mashburn Jr. walks to the other end of the court during the second period against Illinois at Williams Arena on Saturday, Feb. 20. Illinois beat the Gophers with a final score of 94-63.

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Gophers freshman guard Jamal Mashburn Jr. has entered the transfer portal, ESPN insider Jeff Borzello confirmed on Twitter Wednesday.

Mashburn is a former four-star recruit and was expected to transfer after the Gophers parted ways with men’s basketball coach Richard Pitino on Monday. He was the team’s fifth-leading scorer this season, averaging 8.2 points per game. Mashburn played in all 29 of the team’s games this year.

Mashburn is the second Gopher to announce his transfer since Pitino was fired by the University’s athletics department. On Tuesday, forward Jarvis Omersa told the Star Tribune that he entered his name in the transfer portal as well.

Omersa played in seven games this season and averaged 1.7 points per game before opting out in December amid pandemic concerns.

Whoever steps in as the next coach for Minnesota will have a void to fill with the departures of Mashburn and Omersa. Mashburn was a promising freshman on the team and Omersa’s athleticism is second to none on the roster. Star point guard Marcus Carr will most likely depart the team as well, as he is expected to focus his attention on the NBA draft.

This is a breaking news report. More information will be added as it becomes available.