Gabe Kalscheur stayed home. In 2018, three Twin Cities’ kids; Gabe, Daniel Oturu and Jarvis Omersa, bucked the trend of leaving Minneapolis to pursue their basketball dreams elsewhere. They wanted to prove that those hoops dreams could be reached with the Minnesota Gophers.
Daniel Oturu saw those dreams realized in maroon and gold, when he was drafted #33 overall in the 2020 NBA Draft. But for the other two, their basketball dreams in Minnesota have ended in disappointment. Omersa left the team earlier this season and now, Kalscheur is transferring to Iowa State.
Minnesota transfer Gabe Kalscheur has committed to Iowa State.— Ryan James (@RyanJamesMN) April 10, 2021
Kalscheur – an All Big Ten level defender who scored 11.6 points per game as a sophomore, 9.2 last year – will transfer and play for new Cyclones coach T.J. Otzelberger pic.twitter.com/Wv0sGzyuXT
Gabe came into Dinkytown as a freshman sharpshooter who had a passion for defense. But after his lights-out freshman season, the DeLaSalle graduate lost his shooting stroke and it’s now been missing for the better part of two seasons. Many hoped, myself included, that new Gophers head coach Ben Johnson and Gabe’s former high school coach, Dave Thorson, could steer Kalscheur back to his sharpshooting ways. But they won’t get that opportunity.
Gabe Kalscheur was always the first player in the gym and the last person to leave. He amazed Richard Pitino with his commitment and his absence is really going to hurt this program if Johnson can’t find a suitable replacement..
Eric Strack | Minnesota Sports Fan