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Gopher Basketball Snag Top Recruit!

Despite the Wisconsin Badgers stealing top Minnesota recruits, Richard Pitino's 2020 class for Minnesota just got much, much better.

Shooting guard Jamal Mashburn Jr., a four star recruit out of Brewster Academy in New Hampshire, announced Monday his verbal commitment to the University of Minnesota.

Jamal Mashburn Jr. (Courtesy: 247sports.com)

If that name sounds familiar that is because he is the son of Jamal Mashburn, a former Kentucky star and 12-year NBA veteran. And what's crazy is that his father played for Rick Pitino, Richard's father, and they reached a Final Four. Now 30 years later Mashburn Jr. will also be joining forces with a Pitino, hopefully able to replicate the success of his father.

According to 247sports.com, Mashburn Jr. is ranked 88th overall and the 10th-best combo guard in the 2020 class. He helped Brewster Academy win the National Prep Chamion Title in junior year last season. He also averaged over 20 points and nearly 47 percent from three for the PSA Cardinals at the Nike Peach Jam in July.

His other top choice was California, but he received scholarship offers from Florida, Auburn, Florida State, Ohio State, Wake Forest and Notre Dame among others. He also received offers from Yale and Penn meaning this guy is smart! We may be missing recruits in our own state, but at least we are getting the smart ones. Suck on that Wisconsin!

Mashburn Jr. adds to an already talented 2020 class for Minnesota. Pitino's 2020 class is ranked 29th in the country and sixth in the Big Ten. Mashburn Jr. joins Martice Mitchell, a four-star Power Forward out of Chicago Heights. Mitchell is ranked the 27th best PF in the country according to 247sports.com. The Gophers are also looking to solidify their 2020 class by getting five-star Prior Lake forward Dawson Garcia, but as you can imagine, many teams are in the running to get him.

Martice Mitchell (Courtesy: via Twitter @TICE23_)

For now, the Gophers 2020 class is looking extremely good with the addition of Mashburn Jr. If Pitino can add one or two more guys to this class, ideally Garcia, the Gophers could have a championship caliber team three or fours years down the road.

Go Gophers!

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