September 20, 2007

Good News for Tubby!

Tubby has signed a big man!

PF - Colton Iverson - is going to be a Golden Gopher.

The 6'9", 240 lb Iverson joins SF, JUCO transfer Paul Carter to give Minnesota a little bit of hope for their frontcourt in 2008.

Iverson is a 3-star player according to Rivals and is ranked 140th overall in this class. Prior to this summer Iverson was not a highly recruited player but a solid AAU summer season made him a hot commodity as he was offered scholarships from Florida, Iowa, Nebraska and Iowa State. His recruitment came down to Minnesota and Nebraska but the feeling all along was that Minnesota had the inside track.

ESPN's Insider has this to say about Iverson - "Iverson is a mobile big man who runs the floor very well, is very agile and is coordinated. He attacks the glass and is a very good rebounder. Colton has a good skill package for a big man. He has good fundamental post moves with a soft touch around the basket. Good jump hook and counter moves. He knows how to score in the low post. Needs to improve defensively in the post to play against major college opponents but has shown this summer that he can become a very effective college player."

My takes is that Iverson is the exact type of player that Tubby needs to be recruiting at this point. With Minnesota's lack of recent success it will be difficult to bring in top 50 type impact players. Tubby needs to bring in guys who are solid and who will play solid D, rebound well and has the ability to score.

This is a very big signing for many reasons not the least of which is that we graduate every player over 6'4" this year (Jonothan Williams being the lone exception). Congratulations to Tubby and his staff on this important signing for the basketball program.

Souix Falls Sports article - Iverson's high school team finished with a 16-10 record last year and a trip to the State Tournament.

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