Last spring Minnesota picked up a three star recruit in David Mutaf when the guard chose the Gophers over Arkansas and a handful of other power conference schools. The Turkey native was a member of the Turkish junior national team and was said to be an efficient three point shooter.
His stay in Minnesota didn’t last long, however, with the guard announcing his transfer from the program in January. Mutaf had only played in three games, scoring 10 points in nine minutes of playing time. While the loss wasn’t exactly detrimental to the Gophers as Mutaf wasn’t in the rotation, his ability to shoot the three could have been valuable down the line as Minnesota’s 29.4% three point shooting is 321st in the nation.
David Mutaf will transfer from Minnesota. Gopher fans lose their favorite deep bench reserve since Hosea Crittenden. pic.twitter.com/GmmdbpLe9e— Ryan James (@RyanJamesMN) January 3, 2021
We now know that Mutaf will instead be heading back overseas to play professional basketball.
Gran Canaria CB signs young Turkish talent David Mutaf for four seasons. To play for LEB Plata this season pic.twitter.com/i8rNSURRp6— Luca D'Alessandro (@LucaDa18) February 5, 2021
The former Gopher signed a four year deal with Gran Canaria, with the guard set to play for Gran Canaria’s LEB Plata until the end of the season. While Mutaf didn’t immediately catch on in Minnesota, he is now set to play professionally in Spain.