Minnesota will be very strong in the three backcourt positions, returning the two Hollins – who were their top two scorers – plus adding Mathieu, who was a very good JUCO player, plus the transfers.
While they won’t be as strong as last year upfront, I think the author of this piece underestimates them a bit. Mo Walker, who is 6-10, had offers from schools like UConn and Pitt in high school but got set back by a serious knee injury and then too much weight last year after missing 2011-12. However he supposedly has been looking very good in preseason. Another frontcourt player unmentioned by the author is Joey King, a PF who transferred from Drake after making the MVC all-rookie team.