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Minnesota Basketball: Gophers Get Louisville Transfer Matz Stockman

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7 Foot Center adds depth for 2018-19

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It was just announced that the Gophers are getting a transfer. Matz (pronounced Motts) Stockman is leaving Louisville for Minnesota, filling a need for big man depth for the Gophers when we lose Reggie Lynch, Bokary Konate and Gaston Diedhiou to graduation.

University of Louisville junior center Matz Stockman will transfer to the University of Minnesota at the conclusion of the spring semester. Stockman will sit out the 2017-18 season as a transfer before playing his final collegiate season the following year.

"I've had a great time at Louisville the last three years," said Stockman. "I've learned a lot, gotten to know a great many people and have become very close with our coaches and players. I'm incredibly grateful for my time here. I've improved a lot since I first arrived on campus and I will be forever grateful to Coach Pitino, the coaching staff and for everyone involved around our team. However, I've been looking for an opportunity to play quality minutes for a long time now and I think this will be a great situation for me."

Stockman has played very few minutes for the Cardinals, seeing his biggest contribution during his sophomore year when he averaged just over 6 minutes per game and 2.7 points per game.

What does this do for the Gophers? Most importantly he gives the Gophers depth in the paint after the departure of 3 centers. When Stockman is eligible to play the Gopher roster will have Eric Curry, Jordan Murphy and Daniel Oturu as the only three players in the paint. More scholarships will become available and another big man may be added, but Stockman has experience and after one more year of development should be a contributor.