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Minnesota Gophers basketball player tracker

A list of Gophers basketball players and their decisions for where they will play next season.
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The Gophers men’s basketball team finished the season 19-15 while the women’s program went on a postseason run to finish 20-16.

Editor’s Note: This article will be continuously updated throughout the summer. Programs and players are organized in alphabetical order. All stats are from the 2023-24 season.

Since the end of the 2023-24 season, several Gophers basketball players announced their intention to leave the program or return for the following year. 

The Minnesota Daily basketball beat writers Alex Karwowski and Champ Howard mapped out where each player is headed next season and how they performed last season.

Men’s Basketball

Who is leaving:

Braeden Carrington 

Class: Junior

Position: Guard

Stats: 4.6 points per game (PPG), 3.2 rebounds per game (RPG), 1.1 assists per game (APG), 35 field goal percentage (FG%)

Carrington entered the transfer portal on March 28. The Brooklyn Park native commitmented to the University of Tulsa on May 11. 

Cam Christie 

Class: Sophmore

Position: Guard

Stats: 11.3 PPG, 3.6 RPG, 2.2 APG, 40 FG%

Christie announced his decision to enter the transfer portal on May 1 with a “do not contact” tag while keeping his name in the NBA draft lottery. Sports Illustrated’s draft profile of Christe projects him as a “potential second-round pick” in the upcoming NBA Draft.

Elijah Hawkins

Class: Senior

Position: Guard

Stats: 9.5 PPG, 3.6 RPG, 7.5 APG, 39 FG%

Hawkins told On3Sports on April 30 his commitment to play for Texas Tech next season. He previously told On3Sports on April 22 his intent to enter the transfer portal, 12 days after the Gophers basketball program posted a photo of him with the caption “PG1 is back” on social media. Last season, Hawkins broke the Gophers’ single-season assist record (247) and single-game assist record (17).

Isaiah Ihnen

Class: Redshirt senior

Position: Forward

Stats: 3.4 PPG, 1.9 RPG, 0.4 APG, 44 FG%

Ihnen announced he was entering the transfer portal on March 28. He committed to Liberty University, according to 247Sports.

Kris Keinys

Class: Sophmore

Position: Forward

Keinys saw little action during his freshman season, averaging 4.2 minutes in five games played. The 6-foot-8 Lithuanian entered the transfer portal on March 29 before committing to play for Pacific next season.

Joshua Ola-Joseph

Class: Junior

Position: Forward

Stats: 7.5 PPG, 2.2 RPG, 0.5 APG, 61 FG%

Ola-Joseph entered the transfer portal on March 27 after progressively losing minutes throughout the season. He told On3Sports on April 20 of his commitment to the University of California next season.

Pharrel Payne

Class: Junior

Position: Center

Stats: 10.0 PPG, 6.1 RPG, 1.2 APG, 60 FG%

Payne announced his decision to enter the transfer portal on March 28. On April 23, the Cottage Grove native posted a photo on social media announcing his commitment to Texas A&M on April 23. The Aggies reportedly held interest in Payne throughout his time in the portal.

Jackson Purcell

Class: Graduate

Position: Guard

Stats: 0.0 PPG, 0.5 RPG, 0.0 APG, 0 FG%

Purcell participated in senior day on March 2.

Will Ramberg

Class: Graduate

Position: Guard

Stats: 1.0 PPG, 0.0 RPG, 0.0 APG, 100 FG%

Ramberg participated in senior day on March 2.

Jack Wilson

Class: Graduate

Position: Center

Stats: 1.6 PPG, 0.9 RPG, 0.4 APG, 83 FG%

Wilson participated in senior day on March 2.

Who is staying:

Isaac Asuma

Class: Freshman

Position: Guard

The last time Asuma played on the Williams Arena court, he led Cherry High School to its first state title on March 23 in a win against Fertile-Beltrami.

Kadyn Betts

Class: Redshirt sophomore

Position: Forward

Stats: 1.3 PPG, 0.3 RBG, 0.4 APG, 27 FG%.

Betts and the team announced on April 8 that he would return to the program next season after playing eight games in 2023-24.

Trey Edmonds

Class: Senior

Position: Forward

Stats: 7 PPG, 5.8 RPG, 0.3 APG, 56% FG%

Edmonds announced his decision to transfer to the Gophers program on May 6 after visiting the previous weekend. The UTSA forward started all 32 games as a junior for the Roadrunners.

Parker Fox

Class: Redshirt senior

Position: Forward

Stats: 5.1 PPG, 2.9 RPG, 0.7 APG, 68 FG%

Fox announced he would return for his final season as a Gopher on March 13. Fox, known by fans as the team’s energizer off the bench, played in every game last season after missing the previous two seasons due to knee injuries.

Dawson Garcia

Class: Senior

Position: Forward

Stats: 17.6 PPG, 6.7 RPG, 1.6 APG, 49 FG%

Garcia announced his return to the Gophers next season. Garcia is coming off a season where he was sixth in the Big Ten in scoring and 11th in rebounds.

Grayson Grove

Class: Freshman

Position: Forward

A month after his official visit in October, the three-star recruit signed his letter of intent with Asuma to Minnesota. Grove of Alexandria Area High School finished fourth in the 2024 Class 3A state tournament and was named on the all-tournament team.

“The culture that they built and winning more games really is exciting,” Grove said in a late-March interview with the Star Tribune. “Hopefully Isaac and I can help them keep building off what they had this year.”

Frank Mitchell

Class: Senior

Position: Forward

Stats: 12.1 PPG, 11.6 RPG, 1.5 APG, 56 FG%

On April 17, Mitchell became the first player to sign with the Gophers through the transfer portal this offseason. He formerly played for Humber College in Toronto before transferring to Canisius University in 2022.

“He does a phenomenal job in the paint and has a great feel for the game,” Johnson said in a press release. “His ability, both offensively and defensively, translates to winning. Frank was one of the best rebounders in the country last season and can easily go and get a double-double.”

Mike Mitchell Jr. 

Class: Senior

Position: Guard

Stats: 10.2 PPG, 2.7 RPG, 2.6 APG, 42 FG%

The Gophers announced on April 5 that Mitchell would return to the team for his senior season.

Femi Odukale

Class: Senior

Position: Guard

Stats: 10.7 PPG, 6.4 RPG, 3 APG, 43 FG%

Odukale announced on May 1 his commitment to play for the Gophers next season. The New Mexico State transfer comes to Minnesota with one year of eligibility remaining.

Lu’Cye Patterson

Class: Redshirt senior

Position: Guard

Stats: 14.6 PPG, 3.4 RPG, 2.5 APG, 44% FG%

Patterson announced on May 10 he would return home to play for the Gophers. The Minneapolis native played the previous season for the Charlotte 49ers where he led the team in scoring and started all 31 games.

Brennan Rigsby

Class: Senior

Position: Guard

Stats: 6.1 PPG, 2.7 RPG, 1.1 AST, 41 FG%

Rigsby became the second player to commit to the Gophers from the transfer portal on April 24. He signed the following day. Previously at Oregon for the past two seasons, Rigsby will bring his 35% 3-point percentage to a backcourt that lost their starting point guard in Hawkins.

Caleb Williams

Class: Senior

Position: Guard

Stats: 20 PPG, 4 RPG, 2.8 APG, 44 FG%

On May 1, Williams announced his commitment to play for the Gophers next season on social media. He previously played for the Macalester Scots and scored 41 points against the Gophers on November 2, 2023, in an exhibition match.

Women’s Basketball

Who is leaving:

McKynnlie Dalan

Class: Sophomore

Position: Forward

Stats: 0.3 PPG, 0.7 RPG, 0.0 APG, 25 FG%

The Next Hoops announced on April 18 that Dalan entered the transfer portal. Under a month later, Dalan decided to return home and play for Gonzaga next season. The Montesano, Washington, native averaged three minutes per game in her only season as a Gopher.

Ayianna Johnson

Class: Sophomore

Position: Forward

Stats: 3.4 PPG, 1.8 RPG, 0.2 APG, 55 FG%

Johnson announced her decision to enter the transfer portal on social media at the end of the season with three years of eligibility left. She will play for Colorado next season.

Ajok Madol

Class: Sophomore

Position: Guard/forward

Stats: 2.1 PPG, 0.9 RPG, 0.3 APG, 26 FG%

On April 12, Star Tribune reporter Kent Youngblood wrote that Madol entered the transfer portal. The Saskatchewan native won bronze on Canada’s U19 World Cup team in July 2023.

Janay Sanders

Class: Graduate

Position: Guard

Stats: 7.3 PPG, 1.5 RPG, 1.6 APG, 41 FG%

Sanders played her final game of college basketball for the Gophers on April 6 in the Women’s National Invitation Tournament against St. Louis.

Aminata Zie

Class: Graduate

Position: Forward/center

Stats: 0.3 PPG, 0.0 RPG, 0.0 APG, 100 FG%

Zie graduated from the University of Minnesota with a master’s in sport management. She scored her first points for the maroon and gold in the fourth quarter against Iowa on Feb. 28.

Who is staying:

Amaya Battle

Class: Junior

Position: Guard

Stats: 12.1 PPG, 4.7 RBG, 5.4 APG, 39 FG%

Mara Braun

Class: Junior

Position: Guard

Stats: 17.0 PPG, 4.3 RBG, 3.1 APG, 39 FG%

Maggie Czinano

Class: Senior

Position: Guard

Stats: 2.7 PPG, 2.0 RPG, 0.6 APG, 39 FG%

Grace Grocholski

Class: Sophomore

Position: Guard

Stats: 10.8 PPG, 4.6 RPG, 2.0 APG, 40 FG%

Sophie Hart

Class: Senior

Position: Center

Stats: 10.6 PPG, 5.1 RPG, 1.0 APG, 59 FG%

Mallory Heyer

Class: Junior

Position: Forward

Stats: 9.5 PPG, 8.6 RPG, 1.1 APG, 38 FG%

Niamya Holloway

Class: Redshirt sophomore

Position: Forward

Stats: 3.6 PPG, 3.1 RPG, 0.4 APG, 46 FG%

McKenna Johnson

Class: Freshman

Position: Guard

Johnson has yet to play a collegiate basketball game. She joined the Gophers as an early enrollee and has been practicing and traveling with the team since January.

Kennedy Klick

Class: Redshirt freshman

Position: Guard

Klick suffered a season-ending knee injury before the start of last season and has yet to play her first collegiate basketball game.

Victoria McKinney

Class: Freshman

Position: Guard

McKinney will join the Gophers next season as a true freshman. The last time she set foot on the Williams Arena court, she won the MSHSL class 4A state title with Minnetonka High School.

Brynn Senden

Class: Sophomore

Position: Guard

Stats: 1.0 PPG, 0.4 RPG, 0.3 APG, 33 FG%

Annika Stewart

Class: Graduate student

Position: Forward

Stats: 3.8 PPG, 1.6 RPG, 0.2 APG, 46 FG%

Stewart played the last four seasons at the University of Nebraska before she decided to transfer to the University of Minnesota for her fifth and final season of eligibility. Stewart is a graduate of Wayzata High School and a former teammate of Braun and Senden.

“I chose to be a Gopher because of how much Coach P and the staff pour into this program,” Stewart said in a press release on April 12. “I can’t wait to compete with the team, grow as a player, and connect with the community.”

Taylor Woodson

Class: Sophomore

Position: Forward

Stats: 1.9 PPG, 1.7 RPG, 0.7 APG, 41 FG%

Woodson played her freshman season at the University of Michigan before she transferred to Minnesota. The Minnetonka native is a graduate of Hopkins High School and a former teammate of Battle. 

“I cannot wait to be at the University of Minnesota for the next three years and play for my home team,” Woodson said in a press release on April 18. “I am thankful for the opportunity to play in front of friends and family, and I am excited for what’s to come.”

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