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Psst. Don't forget about Jordan Murphy's rebounding. It's about to be historic for Gophers - Nov 18, 2018

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A shiny new object distracted from the gold standard carried by the Gophers men's basketball team in its 78-69 win over Utah on Monday.

Freshman Gabe Kalscheur's five three-pointers and 19 points overshadowed senior forward Jordan Murphy (201-F-97)'s 17 rebounds, which went along with his 11 points. This can happen when Minnesota's single-season record holder for rebounds - and the Big Ten leader in 2017-18 - picks up right where he left off.

Murphy is perched on the precipice of the program's all-time rebounding record as the Gophers play three games in the Vancouver Showcase in British Columbia. Minnesota (2-0) faces Texas A&M (1-2) at 9:30 p.m. CST Sunday, followed by Santa Clara on Tuesday and Washington on Wednesday.

Murphy needs 14 rebounds to pass Kevin McHale's 950 career boards for second place on the U's all-time list and 20 to pass Mychal Thompson's record of 956.

'He's going to blow that out of the water,' Gophers coach Richard Pitino said of the record on Friday. Murphy and the Gophers have 29 games left on the schedule.

Murphy is averaging 13.5 rebounds in a small sample size this season, a jump from the 11.3 a year ago and well above his career average of 9.5. If he were to, say, equal last year's rebounding mark, he would finish with a record around a lofty 1,200 rebounds.

'He just goes all out no matter what, no matter score and time,' senior guard Dupree McBrayer said. 'He just wants to get the rebound. In practice, he's stealing rebounds from these guys. He's stealing rebounds from me. You've just got to love the fact that he wants to get every rebound.'

Pitino said it's natural for the 6-foot-7 Murphy, who displays great hands and timing, to start to think about playing in the NBA because this is his last season.

' (But) just remember what got you to be the all-time leading rebounder in school history,' Pitino said, a bit prematurely. 'It's being around the basket and doing all the dirty work. He does that.'

While Murphy was named to the Naismith Award watch list, which is given to the best player in college basketball, McBrayer wants to see him on the semifinalist list later on this season.

'Should be top 20, in my opinion,' McBrayer said.   

Brooklyn ends Nicolas Claxton's draft wait with first pick in NBA second round - 3 days ago
Nicolas Claxton (211-SF-99)'s decision to leave Georgia after his sophomore season looked shrewd leading up to the NBA draft with all of the buzz that he'd go in the first round. Claxton's patience was tested Thursday night as he waited in the 'green room' of the Barclays Center and that goal of his didn't materialize. He slipped to the first pick of the second round before draft host Brooklyn selected him with the No. 31 overall pick. 'I just want to show people I can play,' Claxton sa...   [read more]

Murphy journey to the NBA to begin this summer - 3 days ago
Gophers great Jordan Murphy(201-F-97) will reportedly continue to represent Minnesota basketball. After going undrafted Thursday, one of the U's all-time great rebounders agreed to play in NBA Summer League with the Timberwolves, The Athletic's Sam Vecenie reported. Murphy finished his four-year Gophers' career with a program-best 1,307 rebounds, No. 2 in Big Ten history, and 1,766 points, fourth-best in Gophers history. The Las Vegas Summer League begins on July 5. The last Gophers p...   [read more]

Utah Jazz wing Royce O'Neale seizes offseason growth with big opportunity ahead for Year 3 - 6 days ago
SALT LAKE CITY - Sounds of balls bouncing and sneakers squeaking echoed throughout West High on Monday morning as 140 kids were engaged in basketball drills when Royce O'Neale(198-SF-93, college: Baylor)< casually strolled into the gymnasium. Fresh off celebrating his 26th birthday not even two weeks earlier on June 5, the Utah Jazz wing was excited to be back in Utah for an appearance at the Jazz Youth Camps and Clinics' Rookie Camp session before hitting the road for the annual Junior...   [read more]

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