Point guard competition still wide open for Gophers

Will junior college transfer Julian Welch be bringing the ball upcourt when the Gopher men open their season next week? Or will freshman Andre Hollins be at the controls? Perhaps sophomore Maverick Ahanmisi? Swami - er, Tubby - says: "If I had to pick one today, I don't know who I'd start."
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Will junior college transfer Julian Welch be bringing the ball upcourt when the Gopher men open their season next week? Or will freshman Andre Hollins be at the controls? Perhaps sophomore Maverick Ahanmisi? Swami - er, Tubby - says: "If I had to pick one today, I don't know who I'd start."

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