Minnesota coach Ben Johnson pens farewell to transferring guard
Minnesota basketball is losing a player to the transfer portal.
On Wednesday, news surfaced that guard Abdoulaye Thiam was entering the portal and looking to move on. Thiam originally joined the Gophers out of the JUCO ranks via the 2021 recruiting class. He appeared in 15 games and scored 12 total points for Minnesota.
Wednesday evening, head coach Ben Johnson confirmed that Thiam was leaving the program. In a note on Twitter, Johnson thanked Thiam for his time spent at Minnesota and wished him the best moving forward.
“Total pleasure to be with and work with every single day,” wrote Johnson. “…hope he kills it at his next opportunity like I know he will.”
I want to personally thank @laye_21 for being part of our program! Total pleasure to be with and work with every single day…We all wish him nothing but success and hope he kills it at his next opportunity like I know he will…@laye_21 Preciate you my man! 👊🏽
— Ben Johnson (@CoachBenJohnson) April 27, 2022