March 2, 2013; Richmond, VA USA; Virginia Commonwealth Rams head coach Shaka Smart yells from the sidelines against the Butler Bulldogs in the second half at the Siegel Center. The Rams won 84-52. Mandatory Credit: Geoff Burke-USA TODAY Sports

Former assistant coach predicting Shaka's hiring 'within a few days'

Mar 21, 2013; Auburn Hills, MI, USA; Virginia Commonwealth Rams head coach Shaka Smart talks to his players during a timeout in the second half against the Akron Zips during the second round of the 2013 NCAA tournament at The Palace. Virginia Commonwealth won 88-42. Mandatory Credit: Rick Osentoski-USA TODAY Sports

Former University of Delaware assistant coach Ryan Iversen went big and predicted that current VCU coach Shaka Smart will be sign with the Gophers “‘within a few days.”

Besides being credited as “well connected,” Iversen was a standout prep hoops star at Eden Prairie High School who transferred from the University of Minnesota to Delaware as a player in the early 2000s.

He resigned as the assistant coach of UD in 2007 and returned to Minnesota, according to the university.

What to think of this prediction?

It’s impossible to know for sure just how well connected and accurate Iversen is, but fans should take this with a grain of salt.

Undoubtedly, Minnesota wants to hire Shaka Smart but competition is stiff as UCLA is looking to fill their coaching vacancy as well.

The Bruins and Gophers are good candidates for Smart if he decides to leave VCU. It’s up to Teague to sell him on the Gophers.

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