Mar 24, 2013; Austin, TX, USA; Minnesota Golden Gophers teammates sit on the bench during the final seconds of their loss to the Florida Gators in the third round of the 2013 NCAA tournament at Frank Erwin Center. Florida won 78-64. Mandatory Credit: Jim Cowsert-USA TODAY Sports

Gophers to compete in Pulley Pro-Am; Tyus Jones also expected to participate


Dec 31, 2012; Minneapolis, MN, USA; Top high school recruit Tyus Jones looks on prior to the game between the Minnesota Golden Gophers and Michigan State Spartans at Williams Arena. Mandatory Credit: Brace Hemmelgarn-USA TODAY Sports

The only way to see new and returning Gopher basketball players this summer will be in the Howard Pulley Pro-Am League.

The league runs from June 28 to early August at High Performance Academy in Eagan and will feature all 13 Gopher basketball players expected to be on the roster in the fall, including Eastview prep star Joey King, Malik Smith, Daquein McNeal and Dre Mathieu.

Teams have not been set, but expect Apply Valley phenom Tyus Jones’ Howard Pulley Panthers to compete in the same league this summer. Reid Travis, another top Minnesota recruit, is teammates with Jones and the duo will use the opportunity to prepare for the Nike Peach Jam Championships in July, according to the Pioneer Press.

Practice for the Gophers under new head coach Richard Pitino started on Tuesday at Williams Arena.

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