The University of Minnesota announced on Monday that Minnesota redshirt junior Davonte Fitzgerald will transfer from the Gopher program. Fitzgerald already has his undergraduate degree, so as a graduate transfer he will be eligible immediately next fall for his new team. Fitzgerald’s transfer gives Minnesota two available scholarships for the 2018-19 season.
Fitzgerald came to the Gophers as a transfer from Texas A&M. He spent two seasons with the Aggies and then sat out the 2015-16 season as a transfer year. Fitzgerald injured his knee in October of 2016 and missed the entire 2016-17 season and was given a 6th year of eligibility from the NCAA. Last season Fitzgerald averages 3.7 points and 2.4 rebound per game for the Gophers. He earned his undergraduate degree in communication studies last December and spend the second semester this season working on graduate work.
As for the Gophers, Minnesota already has one scholarship open for the 2018-19 season after only awarding three this fall to guard Gabe Kalscheur from DeLaSalle High School in Minneapolis, forward Jarvis Omersa from Orono, and center Daniel Oturu from Cretin-Derham Hall High School in St. Paul. The Gophers likely were looking at at least one player who can play point guard as sophomore Isiah Washington is the only true point guard left on the roster after the graduation of Nate Mason. Minnesota can now use its second opening for a potential graduate transfer or late-signing high school player. Or Minnesota could bank the extra scholarship and keep it for the 2019-20 class. Only Richard Pitino knows exactly what he wants to do.
Good luck to Davonte is wherever he ends up for his senior season.