The Minnesota Gophers, after landing two highly ranked local big men, landed a much needed shooter. Gabe Kalscheur announced tonight that he is going to stay in Minnesota and brings his elite shooting stroke to Williams Arena.
Kalscheur is a sweet-stroking shooter, who ranks just outside the national top 150 according to 247sports, that brings a dimension the Gophers not only need in its 2018 class but could sorely use on the current roster right now heading into the 2017-2018 season. Kalshceur has also been touted as a above average defender capable of containing the opposing team’s best guard on the defensive side of the ball, reducing the load of work on some of his other Howard Pulley teammates.
“If he can do one thing, he can shoot,” said Rene Pulley, the founder and owner of Howard Pulley. “Everybody does need somebody every now and then that can put that ball in the hole, and he was so instrumental for us this year. When you can shoot, that’s one asset that he has and one thing he’s going to be able to start with and build on to be able to be an impact player.”
From Gopher Illustrated story on Kalscheur and how well he played in the early weeks of the EYBL.
Gabe Kalscheur earned his four stars at Scout.com because he was one of the elite shooters of the EYBL. “Elite shooters of the EYBL” is a statement that holds some serious weight and through 21 games the numbers back it up. In truth Gabe Kalscheur had some tough outings at the Peach Jam after his game one explosion but those tough days have been replaced by more of the 40 percent three-point shooting that we are used to.
What We Know...
High School: DeLaSalle
Scholarship Offers: Pitt, mid-majors
Kalscheur joins his AAU teammates Daniel Oturu and Jarvis Thomas as the latest in-state talent to stay at home and play for Richard Pitino in Dinkytown. He performed well as a supporting piece on the Howard Pulley that just finished up play at the Nike EYBL Peach Jam and along with Oturu and Thomas, also includes another local Gopher target point guard Tre Jones, brother of current Minnesota Timberwolf Tyus Jones.
The Gophers are down to one available scholarship for this class. If Tre Jones wants it and wants to bring his Howard Pulley core to Williams Arena, it is his. That much is pretty clear, if Tre Jones wants to be a Gopher then the scholarship is his. But we all know that landing Jones is a longshot (though I’d argue not as much as it was with his brother). So if not him then who?
They’ll be seeking a combo guard. One who is capable of playing the point and playing off the ball as well.