Minnesota’s Wally Ellenson out 6-8 weeks with broken hand

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Minnesota will be without the services of guard Wally Ellenson for six to eight weeks after the freshman broke his hand in practice this week.

According to Minnesota head coach Tubby Smith, Ellenson’s shooting hand was caught in a teammate’s jersey during practice, causing the injury.

Ellenson, a 6-4, 200-pound native of Wisconsin, could now possibly redshirt, according to Smith.

The freshman was expected to be a key reserve for the Gophers this season, backing up Joe Coleman and Austin Hollins. As a high school senior, Ellenson averaged 20.1 points and 8.9 rebounds per game.

In Ellenson’s absence, Minnesota defeated Division II Minnesota State Thursday night in an exhibition. Coleman’s 21 points keyed the 81-56 victory.

Minnesota begins its regular season schedule against American University on Nov. 9.

Daniel Martin is a writer and editor at JohnnyJungle.com, covering St. John’s. You can find him on Twitter:@DanielJMartin_

Louisville’s Rick Pitino on allegations: ‘We will get through this’

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LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) Louisville coach Rick Pitino remains defiant that his program will survive the allegations in a book by an escort alleging that former Cardinals staffer Andre McGee hired her and other dancers to strip and have sex with recruits and players.

Pitino said Tuesday that the Cardinals “will get through this the right way.”

The coach told a packed room at a tipoff luncheon that he understands the motivation behind Katina Powell’s book “Breaking Cardinal Rules: Basketball and the Escort Queen,” but questions the need for the alleged activities given the talent his program has produced.

Pitino added, “We will find out the truth, whatever it may be, and those responsible will pay the price.”

Georgia Tech lands Class of 2016 guard

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Georgia Tech picked up its third Class of 2016 commitment on Tuesday as the Yellow Jackets landed a pledged from three-star guard Josh Okogie.

The 6-foot-4 guard is considered the No. 143 overall prospect in the national Class of 2016 rankings and Okogie played with a very talented Team CP3 in the Nike EYBL. In 22 games this spring and summer, Okogie averaged 10.6 points, 4.5 rebounds, 1.8 assists and 1.6 steals per game while shooting 45 percent from the field.

Okogie joins three-star wing Christian Matthews and four-star big man Romello White in head coach Brian Gregory’s Class of 2016 at Georgia Tech. The group is definitely a solid influx of talent with some coming from successful grassroots programs.