Nolen will undergo surgery on broken foot

  • Article by: MYRON P. MEDCALF , Star Tribune
  • Updated: January 25, 2011 - 2:42 PM

The senior might have to miss the rest of the season, leaving the Gophers thin at point guard.

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shakopeemikeJan. 24, 11 9:07 PM

Nolen's departure is unfortunate, but the Gophs can rise above it with effort. No question about it, we'll miss Nolen on defense. Ahanmisi and Armelin show signs of being really good players, but as freshmen will have to step up fast. I hope both are practicing a lot of free throws and ball handling. Blake is the all around guard that's indispensible. He's the one you want to see fouled at the critical time... he seldom misses when it counts. I firmly believe we can make up for the Nolen steals by cutting down on our own turnovers and doing better on defending the 3! Giving up 30 or 40 points a game in threes is a real killer - we're just not good enough to do that and still win many games! Tubby knows this, I'm just not sure the team does yet. It's also vital the team gets Blake the ball and sets more screens for him. He should be scoring 20+ points a game! Our three big guys never looked better...not yet All Americans, but a real handful to deal with! Northwestern at home should be a good introduction for the freshmen to get their feet really wet... I think this entire teams up to the job. Go Gophers!

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gogomnJan. 24, 11 9:09 PM

Gopher Nation wishes you all the best Al Nolen and a speedy, complete recovery from surgery. Perhaps you can mentor your heir apparents Maverick and Chip about becoming ball-on defense specialists. Meanwhile, star in the class-room young man.

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verumprototJan. 24, 11 9:31 PM

They'll still contend but with 3 key players in Nolan, Joseph and Walker (who showed very promising performance) ... team will be luck to end up 9-9. Hopefully, they can get some performance from the freshmen (esp Ahanmisi and Armelin) as well as stepped up and improved work from the 2 big guys to go along with Mbakwe (who had an off day this weekend ... he looked like he was under the weather. Who knows what they could do.

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BCanniffJan. 24, 1110:37 PM

We still haven't been given a good reason why Joseph would sacrifice the rest of his season and a year of his eligibility to transfer to a nowhere program like Oregon. I bet he regrets that decision now.

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tonykelsoJan. 24, 1110:37 PM

I think Armelin will thrive with more playing time. He has the potential to be a very good college player.

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podman64Jan. 25, 11 6:44 AM

This team can still be ok if everyone steps up more and this means the coaches too. There needs to be more pre-game prep for more screens for Hoff along with a variety of defensive sets. I'm afraid the loss of those important 3 and the depth will hurt at tourny time.

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unlikesidJan. 25, 11 7:51 AM

Joseph didn't sacrifice the rest of his season. He'll be able to play the rest of his Junior season starting in December and have his complete Senior season. He decided he wanted to be more featured. That's likley something he could get with a lesser coach.

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worldseriesJan. 25, 11 9:55 AM

@unlikesid... I think most people believe Joseph will be eligible to play BB beginning in December and ending with the Ducks's 2011-2012 season (or a little over half a season left for him). Some believe he may have 3 semesters left. Whichever case is right, it seems like a reactionary mistake for him to leave at this time. I think he will regret it someday. But, it is his life to live... so good luck to him. Been a tough luck year for the Gophers. Sometimes teams respond and overachieve in those cases; sometimes they collapse. Let's hope for the former.

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BCanniffJan. 25, 1110:18 AM

By transferring Joseph will not be allowed to play again this season. December is next season. I am surprised Oregon would give away a scholarship for such a short time player. If the reason was that he wanted to be featured more, which he hasn't said was the case, he should have stayed at Minnesota where he would now be starting, just as he was last season when Nolan was injured. He has no guarantee he will even start at Oregon, which is an inferior team. Dumb move.

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ActTwoJan. 25, 1110:47 AM

Joseph doesn't get to play the rest of his Junior Season next December. If he decides to play next December, that will be his final season of eligibility. His Junior year is gone now, he has one year of eligibility remaining. He can either use it the second semester of next season or wait and use it for a full 2012-2013 season.

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