Slimmed-down Walker comes up big for Gophers

  • Article by: Amelia Rayno , Star Tribune
  • Updated: November 5, 2013 - 11:56 AM

Mo Walker, 60 pounds lighter than last season, had 17 points and 13 rebounds in an exhibition victory over Concordia-St. Paul.

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tcstunnerNov. 4, 1311:51 PM

Just the fact that Pitino got Mo so motivated speaks volumes. Did Tubby just not get through to Mo or did he not even try to get him to lose weight? I think the Gophers starting 5 should be PG Mathieu SG Dre Hollins SF Austin Hollins PF King C Mo. Just my opinion. Anyway I'm pumped for the season. GO GOPHERS!!

fwallenNov. 5, 13 7:08 AM

Way to go Mo. You have a huge upside if you continue to work hard. Good hands, good footwork and smart. All ingredients for success?

fwallenNov. 5, 13 7:09 AM

Where's Wally?

akgfreeNov. 5, 13 7:26 AM

tcstunner - took the words from me - agreed - what in hell was Tubby doing?! God I don't miss him! I hope Richard's shemes and energy pay off, cuz right now, I'm a believer.

vlombardyNov. 5, 13 8:12 AM

Are these exhibitions open to the public, or are the season ticket holders forced to pay real money to see them?

kev5115Nov. 5, 13 9:08 AM

The fact is when Mo was a freshmen backing up Ralphie he did very well before getting hurt. I don't know what his weight was but it wasn't anywhere near the 300lb. mark. He was a very highly recruited big man coming out of brewster academy, so he always had great potential. Mo is a perfect example of why a coaching change was badly needed. Had Tubby been retained Mo would still be the same size he was last spring or maybe bigger. Fantastic job Mo looking forward to watcing the new you. GO GOPHERS.

hjlazniNov. 5, 13 9:44 AM

So far, Pitino's Paul Westhead offense, push the ball and shot early in the possession has worked against exhibition opponents but his half court set up offense has done poorly against exhibition opponents. Stritch outscored the gophers in the second half and Concordia shot more free throws than the gophers. He will need to score in the box in the half court offense and Mo could help there. Mo is really raw and needs to get rid of his inclination that he has to dribble before he makes his basket move with the ball in his hands and his defense around the defensive basket is less than stellar, but he can power score inside and pick up fouls against the opponents. If Pitino is smart, at some point, when the Gophers play real games, expect Pitino to attempt to play Eliason and Mo together with the two Hollins and Matheiu when playing half court set up. If this idea hurts your brain, it is really no different then playing Andre and Mathieu at the same time. Pitino has already stated he has experimented with playing Eliason at the 4 spot. Oto, King and Buggs are not getting it done at the 4 spot at a Big Ten level. King is really a 3 spot player and Oto and Buggs shooting skills have been diminished by the previous coaching staff and Buggs shows no interest in playing the 4 spot and I expect will transfer. They will substitute for Eliason or Mo as necessary to keep them from fouling out. They will substitute for Mathieu or Andre as necessary, so one of them is always on the floor. Talk is cheap and the Gophers have shown to date they do not have a Big Ten point guard other than Andre and Mathieu and have no other bigs whatsoever other than Eliason and Mo. Smith won nearly every game when he started Eliason and the two Hollins proved they are solid Big Ten level players. Pitino can win games in the Big Ten with this team if he plays the right players together at the right times.

mikelsmithNov. 5, 1312:22 PM

Is there going to be radio coverage on Friday's Game?

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