Perhaps lost in the shuffle of a wild weekend in Minnesota sports is the news that the Gophers received a commitment from a 4-star, homegrown basketball recruit.
Treyton Thompson, rated a 4-star player by 247 Sports, announced his intentions to play for the Gophers after he graduates high school in 2021. The 6'11'' forward from Alexandria recently transferred to continue his schooling and basketball development at La Lumiere in LaPorte, Indiana, which is about an hour from Chicago.
Last year, La Lumiere finished No. 2 in the USA Today Super 25 poll after going 30-1. Their lone loss came in the national title game to No. 1 IMG Academy.
Thompson told 247 Sports that he's always wanted to play for the Gophers and that the practice facilities and coaching staff also played a big role in his decision.
As a sophomore at Alexandria High School, Thompson averaged 15.9 points and 8.5 rebounds per game.
Prior to transferring, Thompson was the third-ranked player in Minnesota's Class of 2021, trailing Kendall Brown, formerly of East Ridge, and Chet Holmgren of Minnehaha Academy. Brown is playing his junior season at Sunrise Christian Academy in Kansas.
Holmgren is rated No. 2 in 247 Sports' 2021 national rankings, with Brown coming in at No. 35 and Thompson ranked 76th. Holmgren and Brown have yet to verbally commit, but there's a clear connection between the Gophers and Holmgren as David Holmgren, Chet's father, played for the Gophers in the 1980s.
Here's video of Holmgren and Thompson matched up against each other in the summer circuit.