Early in the Big Ten schedule, the Gophers were needing younger players to save the day, but lately…
Gopher Seniors Fail to Get Portsmouth Invite
The three seniors saw their numbers fall this season. McKenzie averaged 11.8 points, down from 14.9; Coleman scored 11.6 points, down from 14.2; and Tollackson averaged 9.3 points and 3.7 rebounds, down from 12.0 points and 5.3 caroms.
The lack of an invitation hurts their already slim chance to being drafted in the June 26th NBA draft. Coleman and Tollackson had put their names into last year's draft as instructed by head coach Tubby Smith to increase their NBA Draft awareness.
Fellow Big Ten players Brian Butch of Wisconsin. Shaun Pruitt from Illinois and Ohio State's Othello Hunter and Jamar Butler will play in Portsmouth this week. Players with Minnesota ties Longar Longar of Oklahoma, who attended Rochester John Marshall, and Jonte Flowers from Division II champion Winona State got an invite to play in front of NBA, European, CBA and NBDL scouts.
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