Sam Freeman enters transfer portal

The list of exiting players continues to grow, as Freeman is the fifth Gopher to leave this offseason.

The ball enters the hoop at Williams Arena on Sunday, Nov. 10, 2019. The Gophers defeated Vermont 90-58.

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The ball enters the hoop at Williams Arena on Sunday, Nov. 10, 2019. The Gophers defeated Vermont 90-58.

AJ Condon, Sports Reporter

Following sophomore Tre’ Williams’ decision Friday night to enter the transfer portal, sophomore Sam Freeman followed suit, deciding to move on from the Gophers men’s basketball team, Star Tribune reporter Marcus Fuller tweeted Friday.

Freeman played for the Gophers for two seasons. He appeared in eight games his first season and 18 this season. In an up and down season that featured plenty of injuries to the Gopher big men, Freeman still didn’t see a large increase in playing time.

The implications of former coach Richard Pitino’s firing have shown, but it also clears the way for new head coach Ben Johnson to bring in players himself. It isn’t all that uncommon for players to leave, but the portal goes both ways, and Johnson has already contacted players looking for a change of scenery.

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