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Daniel Edozie No Longer a Gopher Commit - Mutual Decision With Coaching Staff

JUCO power forward Daniel Edozie is the second verbal commit of the 2013 class. Previous reports that he is decommitting from Minnesota were confirmed by other MN media outlets.

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Fuller Confirms Edozie No Longer A Gopher Verbal

From the Twitters:



This is a really weird situation and I doubt we ever really learn the full story. This was a weird commit from the start. His stats and video did not suggest a reason why the Gophers would use up a scholly on him. Since his verbal, the only new thing that has happened was his bad performance in a JUCO camp. If all it took for him to lose the support of the coaches was a single bad camp performance then I am even more perplexed. Maybe he never had a solid offer extended and his verbal was premature? That would explain the "wires crossed" comment by Amelia Rayno. Just very, very weird.

I'm not bummed by this, as I was in no way excited by Edozie as a prospect. Moving forward, I think we can all agree that it would be nice if Tubby avoided any more headscratchers in recruiting.


Rayno: Daniel Edozie May Decommit?

Amelia Rayno commented on Twitter earlier today that she had heard rumblings that 2013 verbal commit Daniel Edozie might decommit from Minnesota. She has followed up this interesting news with a blog post:

Less than a week after JC recruit Daniel Edozie verbally committed to the University of Minnesota, the rumblings around town are that the big man from Texas will now soon de-commit.

There will likely be plenty head nodding to go along with this news – after all, it was a bit baffling from the start. Edozie had not received offers from any other major schools, averaged just five points and five rebounds in his year at Tyler Junior College (Texas) and did not have a player page on Rivals, ESPN or FoxSportsNEXT (formerly Scout). A highlight video of him that circulated showed him doing drills alone in a gym and missing a significant percentage of the shots he took, strange for an edited highlight reel.

So what happened? No one is saying anything for certain (and Daniel Edozie’s coach, Mike Marquis has not yet returned my call), but it appears that some wires were crossed in the recruiting process and the two sides might not have been on the same page.
That last paragraph is the most interesting. What wires were crossed? What's going on? No one yet knows.

So, stay tuned I guess?

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