The University of Minnesota has gone through some changes. Richard Pitino is now at New Mexico and the B1G Ten program opted to hand the reigns to Ben Johnson, a Minneapolis native who was a double digit scorer for the Gophers himself. Rebuilding a program is always a tough endeavor, much less at a high major program in the NIL era. Johnson and his staff, however, managed to get the vast majority of the state’s top uncommitted talent on campus for the Minnesota team camp.
Held in a round robin format, each team played three games in front of the Gophers’ staff. Defending state champs played against one and other, intriguing young prospects had a platform to play in front of high major coaches outside of the NCAA live period, and no shortage of scholarships were gained throughout the one day shootout.
Here are a few of the players who stood out at the Minnesota Gophers Team Camp:
Jackson McAndrew, 6’9, PF, Wayzata HS (MN), 2024
The top senior in Minnesota went viral with his coast to coast play during the Minnesota state tournament and has rode that wave to a super strong spring, continuing at the Gophers team camp. The perimeter based forward made it a point to show off his refined post game, utilizing his size to shoot near unblockable fadeaways over smaller defenders. McAndrew showed off his effortless shooting range and with the way that he has played this spring with Howard Pulley in the EYBL, has catapulted to a Top 50 national ranking for the class of 2024.
Isaiah Johnson-Arigu, 6’7, SF/PF, Totino Grace (MN), 2024
Johnson-Arigu has been well known throughout the Land of 10,000 Lakes, but with the performance that he’s had the past year for state champion Totino-Grace and for D1 Minnesota on the 3SSB Circuit, he’s becoming a household name within recruiting circles as well. Johnson-Arigu is a powerful slasher who can finish through contact, has a frame that can easily fill out at the college level, and is continually improving as a 3-point shooter.
Jayden Moore, 6’0, PG, Hopkins HS (MN), 2026
Even though he just finished up his freshman season, Moore has firmly established himself as the best catalyst that the state of Minnesota has to offer, regardless of class. Moore truly excels at changing the tempo of the game and gaining extra possessions, both with the rock in his hands and moving it up the floor as a passer. The playmaker has been playing varsity basketball since the seventh grade and the cerebral floor game that he brings to the table certainly shows that. Moore plays up for the J-Sizzle 16U 3SSB team, holding offers from Baylor and West Virginia.
Jaedan Udean, 6’1, PG, DeLaSalle (MN), 2027
One of the toughest things to guard as a defender is a lefty who can create separation, and Udean is that type of player. Considered by many to be the top freshman in Minnesota, Udean scored double digits at Columbia Heights as an eighth grader before deciding to go to historic power DeLaSalle for his high school career.
Tyler Wagner, 6’5, SG/SF, Totino Grace (MN), 2025
In today’s game with an added emphasis on 3-point shooting, Wagner was the best shooter in Minnesota’s Athlete’s Village. He was outstanding relocating to open areas, had no shortage of confidence as a shooter, and was able to knock down 3-pointers with limited space.
Jayden Daisy, 6’5, SF, Benilde St. Margaret’s (MN), 2025
In today’s positionless game, Daisy offers the type of versatility that college coaches dream of. The powerful wing is fearless attacking the rack, has an automatic pull-up from mid-range, and brings the grit to defend multiple spots. Daisy has already heard from a number of programs, but as his 3-point shot continues to grow, his potential college suitors will follow.
Jordan Cain, 6’3, SG, Minnetonka HS (MN), 2024
There are dudes who “have that dog in them,” and Cain is certainly one of those dudes. Constantly in attack mode, Cain was outstanding as a slasher, finished through contact at the rim, and used his strong frame to defend four different positions at times on the court. The combination of motor, toughness, and ability to defend have made Cain one of Minnesota’s more interesting sleepers.