Welcome to May. Football season is still 4+ months away but we are getting closer and it will be here before you know it. Not a whole lot happens in May but here is all the Gopher news I could round up for May third.
As previously mentioned football is months away, hockey is even further and basketball will be shortly after that. But spring sports are still in full swing with some of them wrapping up with their end of season tournaments.
The men's Gopher golfers competed in the Big Ten's this past weekend and finished 8th. Two of the Gopher's top five scorers were seniors. Thomas Campbell and Ben Pisani finished 20th and 39th overall, respectively as they finished their Gopher careers. The Gopher's best score was turned in by junior, Donald Constable who finished tied for 16th overall.
- Gopher baseball went down to Iowa over the weekend. After losing game one the Gophers battled back to win their second series in a row. With the two wins over the weekend the Gophers now sit tied for third and just a game behind Michigan and Northwestern. This week will be a challenging mid-week, two-game series at Kansas State. The Wildcats are already a 30 win team and are in second place in the Big 12.
- Looks like Tubby will continue to recruit quality big men into the program. A.J. Hammons is a junior to be out of Indiana and in this recent article he mentioned the Gopher offer. It is very early but Hammons looks to be a highly ranked player in the 2012 class.
- According to Sid the University of Minnesota Williams Arena Fundraising & Development Department is set to hire former Gopher, Quincy Lewis. The specific role is not mentioned but one could easily assume he'll help to raise money for a new practice facility. Hiring a former NBA player can't hurt in raising significant money.
- Nick Bjugstad is going to be a Gopher next season. He is Minnesota's Mr. Hockey who will be a first round draft pick in the upcoming NHL draft. Here is a little draft profile of Bjugstad. Hockey's future.com ranks him as the 21st best overall prospect.
- According to Shooter, there was one rookie free agent who caught Brad Childress' eye in this weekend's rookie camp. That player was former Gopher, Marcus Sherels.