MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) – The University of Minnesota basketball program announced Wednesday that junior college recruit Deandre Mathieu has signed to play with the Gophers.

Mathieu signed his letter of intent to play for Minnesota Wednesday morning after verbally committing to play for Richard Pitino and the Gophers on Tuesday. He is Pitino’s second recruit to sign since the new coach was hired.

Mathieu is a point guard who averaged 17.1 points, six rebounds and more than six assists at Central Arizona College and earned the Arizona Community College Conference Player of the Year award.

“Deandre is the type of player that fits our style of play, both offensively and defensively,” Pitino said. “He is an up-tempo point guard that does just about everything on the court, which was really evident in the numbers he put up last season. He is a great addition to our program.”

Mathieu, who is from Knoxville, Tenn., was an NJCAA first-team All American last year. He will have two years of eligibility. He joins Daquan McNeil as part of Pitino’s first recruiting class. The late signing period for basketball recruits ends May 15.


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