Gophers lose another starter to the transfer portal

Kalscheur becomes the seventh Gopher to enter the transfer portal.

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Guard Gabe Kalscheur brings the ball up the court at Williams Arena on Monday, Dec. 2, 2019.

AJ Condon, Sports Reporter

Gophers’ men’s basketball junior guard Gabe Kalscheur entered the transfer portal on Thursday, Ryan James of 247Sports reported on Twitter.

Before his season-ending injury, Kalscheur was averaging 9.2 points per game, but his shooting percentages were at a career-worst clip. He shot 31.6% from the field and 24.5% from deep, both of which were 41% or better his freshman season.

Kalscheur’s decision comes as a surprise as new head coach Ben Johnson was the one that recruited him to Minnesota back in 2017. As soon as Johnson brought in his first Minnesotan transfer, his old Minnesotan recruit left.

Kalscheur was struggling in his junior season before suffering a broken hand. The struggles aren’t new to Kalscheur, who has continued to see his offensive output decline since his freshman year. Despite his offensive struggles, he built a reputation as the best perimeter defender on the court.

Though Johnson and Kalscheur have a good relationship, James reported that Kalscheur had been thinking about the decision prior to Johnson’s hiring. It still is possible that Kalscheur returns to Minnesota next season, but he wants to keep his options open.

Johnson will have plenty of freedom to bring in a new team and hit the restart button for the Gophers.

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