As the boys state hockey tournament skates into the Xcel Energy Center, it’s another showdown in St. Paul that some high school athletes are fighting to win. Lawmakers are wondering if some students and their parents are going too far to gain a competitive edge.
Minnesota quarterback Philip Nelson says he intends to transfer to another school that runs an offense “that centers more around the passing game.” The sophomore made the surprise announcement Thursday when he first released the statement to KFXN-FM in Minneapolis.
The NCAA has cleared transfer Joey King to play this season for Minnesota. The 6-foot-9, 215-pound King grew up in the Twin Cities area and led Eastview High School to the 2012 state tournament. He’s in line to start at power forward for the Gophers, who are trying to replace Trevor Mbakwe and Rodney Williams in their frontcourt. King played last season at Drake, averaging 6.9 points and 2.9 rebounds per game and landing on the Missouri Valley Conference all-freshman team.
Junior guard Devoe Joseph has decided to transfer from the University of Minnesota, announced University officials and head coach Tubby Smith on Wednesday.