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Graduate Transfer, Alihan Demir commits to Gopher Basketball

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The former Drexel Dragon is now a Golden Gopher

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One of the primary offseason needs for the Minnesota Golden Gophers basketball is to add some depth to the frontcourt. The graduation of Jordan Murphy leaves a massive hole at power forward and then the loss of Matz Stockman leaves even more minutes to be backfilled.

Sam Freeman was added to the class last week and he will certainly add some depth in the frontcourt as a true freshman. But today the Gopher got a commitment from a graduate transfer from Drexel. Alihan Demir has left the Dragon program and decided to become a Golden Gopher.

Here’s What We Know

PF - Alihan Demir
Ht: 6’9”
Wt: 230
Points/Gm: 14.8
Reb/Gm: 6.4

Demir is originally from Turkey and began his collegiate career at Central Wyoming College. After one year at this JUCO he went to Drexel where he was very successful over his two years as a Dragon.

Athletic and Demir was often the Dragon’s go-to scorer throughout his junior season. He is now a Gopher and a favorite to be the Gopher’s starting power forward next season. This addition to the roster is very important to the 2019-20 season. Adding frontcourt depth with a starting caliber player who can provide some scoring punch.

Welcome to the team Demir.

Now let’s get Coffey back for one more year and win a couple more NCAA Tournament games.