Rich Pitino has yet to coach a regular season game for the Gophers, but he will spend the first six contests without junior forward Maurice Walker, who was suspended for a “violation of university policy,” according to a university release.
Andre Hollins saw Mo Walker this spring before leaving for Italy on a study abroad program, and Minnesota’s standout point guard noticed a change in his big teammate’s physique. Walker had lost about 15 pounds. One month later, upon Hollins’ return to campus in mid-June, the junior-to-be could hardly believe his eyes. The 6-foot-10 Walker has shed about 45 pounds.
Mo Walker scored eight points in 11 minutes in his first game for Minnesota in nearly two years, and the Gophers beat Minnesota State 81-56 Thursday in an exhibition.