Minnesota freshman guard Jamal Mashburn Jr. not planning to return to Gophers
Shortly after Minnesota announced that it was terminating Richard Pitino as head coach after eight seasons, freshman guard Jamal Mashburn Jr. entered his name into the NCAA transfer portal. Though he could still return, it doesn’t sound like that will be the case.
Minnesota has named a new head coach, Ben Johnson, who played for the Gophers and was once a member on Pitino’s staff. While the quick move might help other players from leaving the program, Mashburn sounds like he plans to move on from the Twin Cities.
“I just wanted to open up my options after coach got fired and everything,” Mashburn told 247Sports. “I don’t plan on staying and I’m just looking for the right situation for me. Somewhere where I’ll be able to show my full skillset, be able to play with freedom, and have a chance to go to the next level.”
Mashburn averaged 8.3 points per game in his first year with the Golden Gophers but played better as the season went along. He was one of two major players to hit the portal after Pitino’s firing, along with Marcus Carr.
At his next stop, Mashburn said he’s hoping to take on a “leadership role” and flourish on both ends of the floor.