The Gophers have landed their second transfer of the offseason. That is the good news. The bad news is that this transfer is also not available to play this coming season. More on that later, but for now let me introduce to you Marcus Carr.
Carr just finished his freshman season at Pitt where he started the majority of games as the Panther’s point guard. Out of high school Carr was a high three-star recruit who was ranked in the top 150 in the country. The Gopher staff recruited Carr as part of the 2017 recruiting cycle but with only a couple scholarships they took Isaiah Washington as their point guard commit.
Now, in need of backcourt depth, the Gophers were happy to pursue Carr and land him for coming seasons.
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Get to Know Marcus Carr
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His Pitt bio talks about defensive toughness, passion, intensity, confidence and leadership. There is no doubt that this is a really nice transfer for the Gophers to land. Carr will play and play a lot, but it won’t be for another season. He will be a valuable piece to the 2019-20 team, a roster that could be pretty talented.
Carr comes to Minnesota due to Pitt firing Kevin Stallings as their coach after the season. As mentioned, he will sit out this coming season but will then have 3 years to play for the maroon and gold.
So What Next
Well, this still doesn’t solve our immediate backcourt needs. Minnesota has 3 scholarship guards on the roster who are eligible to play this season, and one of those is an incoming freshman. The staff still has 1 scholarship available that could be used now and they have 3 available for the next recruiting cycle (which is in full swing). The most likely scenario is still that they find a graduate transfer guard who comes in to help backcourt depth immediately and then allows the staff 4 scholarships to work with for next year.
Brock Stull was recruited to Milwaukee by Rob Jeter and the Gophers are very much in contention to land this graduate transfer. He would be a perfect addition and a nice bridge to the 2019 season where backcourt depth shouldn’t be as much of an issue.
Stay tuned for more Gopher hoops information, but welcome to the family Marcus Carr.