The 2014-15 season was one to forget for the Minnesota Golden Gophers.
Minnesota finished the year with a 6 – 12 record in Big Ten play, and Richard Pitino’s squad missed out on a post-season appearance after there was a ton of positive optimism surrounding the program.
Despite the rough go last season, people around the NCAA still believe that the Golden Gophers are on the rise, and one of those people is former Illinois State center Reggie Lynch. The big man transferred from the Redbirds, stating that he wanted to be closer to home. With that, Lynch enrolled at Minnesota, and will be a big boost for the Gophers in 2016-17, when he is eligible.
Last season as a member of the Redbirds, Lynch averaged 9.5 points and 5.4 rebounds per game. He also averaged an impressive 2.8 bocks per contest, which was good for 14th-best nationally. On the year, he recorded 93 total blocked shots, which was good for 12th in the NCAA.
Over his two year tenure at Illinois State, Lynch recorded 189 blocks.
The 6’10”, 257-pound center out of Edina, MN will sit out for the 2015-16 season, before being eligible to compete with the Golden Gophers in the 2016-17 season. The addition of Lynch will provide a much-needed defensive presence for Minnesota, and give them a player to build around in the middle.