Adam Boone Awarded Sixth Year of Eligibility

The University of Minnesota received oral notification from the NCAA today that men's basketball player Adam Boone has been awarded a sixth year of eligibility. The senior from Minneapolis, Minn., has sat out all season after undergoing surgery on October 7 to repair a torn biceps tendon in his right arm. He was the Gophers' only returning starter coming into this season before being injured during preseason practice.

Adam Boone, who played his first two seasons of collegiate basketball at North Carolina, started 27 games in 2003-04 for the Gophers, averaging 8.4 points and recording 123 assists, the 10th-most in school history. He redshirted the 2002-03 season after transferring from North Carolina.

"We are very excited for Adam," head coach Dan Monson said. "We are grateful to the many people who put in a lot of time and effort to make this happen for him. The NCAA made an important decision and one that was right for the welfare of the student-athlete. Obviously, this helps our team for next season, but more importantly, it helps Adam receive his degree and finish playing the way every student-athlete deserves to – on the floor with his teammates instead of on the sidelines with an injury."

"Most of all, I'm very relieved," said Boone. "My parents and I knew this was an uphill battle, but we felt it would be worth it. I would like to thank Coach Monson, everyone at the ‘U' and all the people externally who helped make this happen. During this process, I've come to really appreciate what it means to play college basketball and I'm very excited I was given the opportunity to play a senior season. I can't wait for next season to start and be back on the floor at Williams with my teammates."

The NCAA will send official written notification next week.

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