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Gophers Get Second Transfer Commit of Day

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The Minnesota Gophers have received another transfer commitment, their second of the day. His name is Elijah Stephens and he’s coming from the University of Lafayette. EJ is another guard who can shoot, which is exactly what Ben Johnson’s team needed entering today.

Now, they have two with both Stephens and Luke Loewe committing today.




Richard Pitino may have been famous for letting his assistant coaches do all of the recruiting for his program. Ben Johnson, on the other hand, doesn’t even need assistants to get commitments from this year’s transfer portal. This afternoon, he picked up his second of the day and third since he took over as the Minnesota Gophers head coach a few weeks ago.

Not all of EJ Stephens’ numbers make sense, like the fact that he’s only started 32 games in his career, including just 3 of the 17 games he played in 2020-21. He talks about that a bit in the video above. Even coming off the bench, he averaged over 32 minutes per game last season and 16.4 points and nearly 5 rebounds per game. Hopefully he can bring that same energy off the bench for the Gophers.

Eric Strack | Minnesota Sports Fan