Minnesota Golden Gophers freshman guard Jamir Harris has decided to transfer from Minnesota. The news was first reported by Adam Zagoria on twitter and was quickly confirmed by a release from the University and Richard Pitino.
Jamir Harris will transfer from Minnesota and has obtained his release, his dad tells me. 3.9 GPA, sharpshooter. Former @patrickschool G.— Adam Zagoria (@AdamZagoria) April 6, 2018
Harris played in 28 games for the Gophers and averaged 3.9 points per game. He hit 38 three-pointer, ranking him third on the team.
Harris’s decision to transfer follows the announcement that Gopher assistant coach Kimani Young is leaving Minnesota and will take an assistant coaching position with UConn. Young was directly involved in the recruiting of Harris, and it will be interesting to see if UConn is where the New Jersey native may end up.
The decision by Harris to transfer now leaves three scholarships open for Minnesota next season. It appears Minnesota will need to immediately find at least two guards for the three openings—whether incoming freshmen or graduate transfers who would be immediately eligible. Minnesota currently only has three scholarship guards on the roster in Isiah Washington, Dupree McBrayer and Amir Coffey—with Gabe Kalscheur coming in as a freshman next fall.