Gophers’ Jaden Henley Enters Transfer Portal

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Well, the offseason is off to a rough start for Minnesota Gophers men’s basketball coach, Ben Johnson. As written about last week, his program and coaching future in Dinkytown cannot afford any major transfer portal exodus over the next handful of months.

Jaden Henley enters transfer portal

That’s why this morning’s announcement by freshman standout, Jaden Henley, hurts so much. The 6’7″, 200 lb California-native, who started 18 games for the maroon and gold, announced on Monday that he is entering the transfer portal. This is the type of gut shot that Johnson cannot afford much of this offseason.

We know Jamison Battle and Ta’Lon Cooper want to go pro. We think reserves like Treyton Thompson will look for a smaller school and more playing time. But we were hoping that Ben could hang onto Henley, who started to show massive improvement by the end of the 2022-23 season. He finished the year averaging 5.3 points, 2.3 rebounds and 1.3 assists, playing 28 minutes per game and would have been a key piece of the program’s future.

Louisville Connections?

Instead, Jaden is off to what he hopes are greener pastures. Watch for Louisville, where Henley’s best friend, top-20 recruit Dennis Evans — who recently pulled out of his National Letter of Intent at the University of Minnesota — just committed over the weekend.

Eric Strack | Minnesota Sports Fan

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