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Minnesota Basketball Adds Two Walk-Ons

NCAA Basketball: North Dakota at Minnesota Harrison Barden-USA TODAY Sports

Minnesota added a pair of walk-ons to their roster this past week with the news that Joey Kern and Jackson Purcell will be joining the team next fall.

Joey Kern is a transfer from Division III program John Hopkins, where he averaged 8.7 points, 3.1 rebounds and 2.1 assists per game as a junior (the 2020-21 season was cancelled due to COVID-19). The 6’1” guard shot 39.6% from three that season and ranked seventh in school history in career three pointers made.

Jackson Purcell is an incoming freshman that averaged 15.1 points per game last year at Eastview before getting hurt. Coming in at 6’5”, Purcell made the switch last year from wing to point guard and had his school undefeated before sustaining an injury.

Minnesota currently has 10 scholarship players for the upcoming 2021-22 season so the Gophers will likely continue to look for additional players to fill out the roster. Minnesota also recently received a commitment from JUCO transfer Abdoulaye Thiam.