Minnesota didn’t have quite the season everyone was hoping for, or even expecting, and now they lose a key player in senior point guard Nate Mason. One player isn’t going to fill the absence of Mason, but multiple players possibly could, including Milwaukee graduate transfer Brock Stull.
Stull, a 6-foot-4 shooting guard, will become a factor immediately for the Golden Gophers, as a graduate transfer can play right away, unlike a traditional transfer that must sit out a year.
Stull has averaged more than 13 points per game over the last two seasons with Milwaukee, while shooting a 39 percent from behind the arc during those seasons. Stull also managed to grab 4.8 rebounds per game and dish out 3.1 assists per game in the 2017-’18 season, proving his all-around talent on the court.
It’s no secret Minnesota wants to rebound in an extremely strong way after last season, and Stull realizes that, saying in his interview after committing to the Gophers “I need to make the tournament, I want to play a big role on a team”.
While Stull may not crack the starting lineup for this upcoming season, he will most likely contribute by way of being the sixth man. If Stull does indeed receive the designation of sixth man, his role could mirror that of Michigan’s Duncan Robinson, a transfer that eventually became a vital part of the Wolverines lineup with his all-around ability, specifically three point shooting.
Isaiah Washington, Amir Coffey, and Dupree McBrayer most likely will handle all of the guard’s duties in the lineup, but thanks to the transfer of Stull, not so much weight will be on their shoulders. Last year Minnesota was riddled with injuries and possessed little depth, causing Mason and Washington to carry the entire load.
Also helping with the needed depth comes three freshmen, Daniel Oturu, Jarvis Omersa, and Gabe Kalscheur, who could all come in and make an impact in some form. Richard Pitino will have his hands full with raw talent this upcoming season, but the next part is developing that talent.
Here you can view Brock Stull’s 2016-17 highlights to get a feel for what he can bring to Minnesota: