Minnesota gets pledge from transfer guard out of Morehead State
A day after adding former North Carolina standout forward Dawson Garcia, Minnesota has received another commitment from the transfer portal.
On Wednesday, the Golden Gophers received a commitment from 6-foot-4 guard Ta’Lon Cooper, who previously played at Morehead State. It’s a nice addition for Ben Johnson and his staff this offseason.
Cooper played for three seasons at Morehead State before opting to hit the transfer portal. He proved to be a do-it-all guard for the Eagles last season, averaging 9.1 points, 5.9 assists, 4.5 rebounds and just under 1 steal per game.
CBB’s seventh leader in assists last season (5.9) is coming to Minnesota. They have their veteran PG. pic.twitter.com/QpmNUV1yrT
— Tony Liebert (@TonyLiebert) April 20, 2022
In his three years at Morehead State, Cooper scored 772 points, dished out 407 assists and collected 304 rebounds. He was named a first-team All-OVC selection following the 2021-22 season.
Cooper will have two years of eligibility to use at Minnesota.
Earlier this week, the Gophers received a commitment from Garcia, who spent a portion of last season with North Carolina before leaving the program because of family health concerns.
Garcia started his college career at Marquette as a freshman in the 2020-21 season. He averaged 13 points and 6.6 rebounds while shooting 48% from the floor. Last season at UNC, the 6-foot-11 forward/center appeared in 16 games and scored 9 points and grabbed 5.5 rebounds per contest.
As a high school prospect, Garcia was ranked as the No. 2 player out of Minnesota and was ranked No. 37 nationally.
Both Cooper and Garcia are joining a Minnesota team that finished with a 13-17 record. Last year was Johnson’s first year as the head coach of the Golden Gophers.