Earlier this week, the Minnesota Golden Gophers got some exciting news as key JUCO transfer Abdoulaye Thiam announced he would be committing to the program. He joins what is starting to become an interesting roster for new head coach Ben Johnson.
Thiam originally comes out of Orlando, Florida and spent time at Indian River State College before transferring to Minnesota. He is listed at 6-foot-3 and 180 pounds and should help provide depth in the backcourt. Thiam averaged 15 points per game last season and shot an impressive 48 percent from three.
For Minnesota, it’s difficult to say exactly how Thiam will contribute. His numbers from Indian River look good, but he wasn’t exactly playing in the Big Ten. Moreover, he’s still really young and will likely need a few years to get rolling. He will arrive in Minnesota with four years of eligibility remaining. Expect him to compete for some valuable bench minutes.
Johnson and his staff still have their work cut out to build the roster moving forward, but Gopher fans have to be excited about bringing Thiam into the fold.