Last week Minnesota got some more good news on the recruiting front when another top 2018 in-state prospect picked the Golden Gophers.
Gabe Kalscheur announced his commitment to the Golden Gophers on July 25 pushing Minnesota’s class up the rankings to 4th nationally, according to 247Sports. Kalscheur ranks as the fourth best prospect from the state of Minnesota and is 48th for shooting guards nationally. He’s officially ranked as a three-star recruit and had offers from a handful of schools, including Pittsburgh, Northern Iowa and Bowling Green.
Kalscheur plays his high school ball at DeLaSalle in Minneapolis and is a member of Howard Pulley Panthers on the EYBL circuit. The AAU program is the home to a number of Minnesota commits and has become pipeline for head coach Richard Pitino.
Now that we know the basics on Kalscheur, let’s dive into what he brings to the floor. First off I like his size at 6-foot-4 and 180 pounds. He off the bat has good measures for a shooting guard in the Big Ten. That is obviously key for getting shots off and being able to drive to the rim.
Through watching a highlight tape on Kalscheur I picked up a few key attributes that I liked about him. One of the first things that stood out — other than his size — was his ability to drive to the rim. His size obviously helps in this part of his game, but he shows the aggressiveness to put the ball on the floor and drive to the rim. He’s not going to be just a guy that sits in the corner and waits for his shot — he’ll go out and create it.
While I just mentioned he isn’t simply a spot up shooter, his game does features range from outside with his jump shot. He has a good stroke and looks to have the ability to hit consistent shots from behind the arc. In the video below Kalscheur showcased his shooting ability by dropping 30 points and hitting 7-of-8 from three-point range in an EYBL game. That kind of consistency can be lethal at the next level.
One final thing I noticed about his game is his strength, and how it can help him hit contested shots and also pull down rebounds. In one of the videos he showcased the ability to pull down rebounds and follow them up with a contested put back. He also proved he can hit pull-up shots with a defender in his face. At 6-foot-4 he’s not going to be banging it with bigs in the paint very often but being able to get decent rebounding out of your shooting guard is certainly a bonus.
Another factor to keep in mind is that Kalscheur comes from winning pedigree at DeLaSalle High School. This past year the Islanders captured their sixth straight state title. Obviously Kalscheur wasn’t part of all of those teams but winning breeds a strong mentality that can certainly translate to the next level at Minnesota.
Now remember to take all of this with a grain of salt because these initial thoughts are based on highlight tapes. These types of videos are supposed to create an incredible opinion on a player. However, I liked what I saw from the tapes and believe Kalscheur will make a positive impact at Minnesota once he arrives on campus. He has the ability to both drive and hit shots from outside, and that’s what you want from your shooting guard in the Big Ten.
Chalk Kalscheur up as another good get for Pitino and his staff at Minnesota.