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Robert Hobbs, Andre Hollins

J.B.'s Jottings - July 19, 2012

07/19/2012, 11:05am CDT
By J.B. Bauer

Summer evaluations continue with Best Buy Classic in Bloomington this week

Minnesota Pump N Run's Best Buy Summer Classic tips off tonight in Bloomington, MN; The Gophers have some catching up to do in the 2013 recruiting class.  (Photo by Nikki Boertman)

Wally Ellenson, Charles Buggs

2012 Recruiting Class: Wally Ellenson & Charles Buggs

Best Buy Summer Classic in Bloomington This Week
The Best Buy Summer Classic, hosted by Minnesota Pump N Run, takes place starting today (Thursday, July 19) and runs through Sunday in Bloomington.  Most of the games are at Jefferson high school with others at nearby Kennedy.

Schedules (17U, 16U, 15U) are available in PDF format at  They are subject to change, so check back before heading to the gym if you're looking to see a particular team.

Player to Watch: Robert Hubbs of M33M (TN):
Hubbs is a 6'5" wing from the 2013 class who has the attention of many elite college basketball programs and scouting services (Scout #21, ESPN #87, Rivals #11).  His team is scheduled to take on the host school at 3:50pm on Friday and a rematch in bracket play later this weekend is possible as well.  Minnesota guard Andre Hollins and his White Station team took down Hubbs' Dyer County squad in convincing fashion a year and a half ago, when Dre scored 28 (including 21 in the second half) and limited Hubbs to just 12.

Recent GopherHole articles on Minnesota Pump N Run players include:
Reid Travis: "I would always consider the “U” on the top of my list, no matter what." (July, 2012)

Q&A: Junior Big Man Cullen Russo Adding Offers, Hopes Gophers Attend His Games (April, 2012)

Henry Ellenson Talks Gophers Offer, Possibly Playing with Brother Wally in College (June, 2012)

J.B.'s Jottings - May 25, 2012 re: Henry Ellenson, Amir Coffey and Marshawn Wilson

Big Ten Recruiting - 2013 Class
The 2012-13 Gophers are primed for a good season.  They should be a tournament team and have the talent to make a push toward even a third or fourth place conference finish.  That's a great short-term outlook, but next spring Minnesota will say farewell to three significant contributors: Trevor Mbakwe, Rodney Williams and Julian Welch.  

With at least four scholarships expected to be available for the 2013 incoming class, what Tubby Smith and his staff are able to do on the recruiting trail becomes especially important.  There is time left to get good things done, but late next month verbal commitments across the nation will really start rolling in and by the start of the 2012-13 season in November we'll have a good idea of how the class is going to shape up.  Compared to their conference peers, the Gophers are not in a great position at the present time.  That can change quickly, but between recruiting and APR scores, Tubby Smith and his staff have plenty more to deal with than just the upcoming season.

B1G Recruiting To Date...

  • Minnesota has no commitments. 
  • 8 of 12 B1G schools have at least 1 2013 ESPN 100 commitment already, including Penn State and Northwestern.  
  • New Nebraska head coach Tim Miles has yet to secure a verbal pledge for 2013.
  • Michigan State and Iowa have no 2013 commitments at this point in time, however they each will likely have only one senior on scholarship in 2012-13.  Both schools brought in very strong 2012 classes and     Michigan State is involved with a number of prestigious uncommitted kids in the 2013 class.  Iowa also added former Wisconsin Badger Jarrod Uthoff this summer and he will become eligible to compete in a year.

J.B. Bauer
Twitter: @jbbauer612

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