Louisville’s Matz Stockman Transferring To Minnesota

    Matz Stockman is headed to Minnesota. The former Louisville big man is going from the ACC to the Big Ten to play for former head coach Rick Pitino's son.

    April 11, 2017

    Matz Stockman is headed to Minnesota. The former Louisville big man is going from the ACC to the Big Ten to play for former head coach Rick Pitino’s son, Richard.


    Matz Stockman is trading one Pitino in for another.

    After three years being coached by Louisville’s Rick Pitino, the junior center is on the move to play for Pitino’s son, Richard, at Minnesota. According to the Cardinals, Stockman will become a Golden Gopher, sitting out the 2017-18 season due to NCAA transfer rules before being eligible to play in ’18-19.

    The Norway native played in 44 combined games over three seasons, logging 94 points and 70 rebounds.

    “I’ve had a great time at Louisville the last three years,” Stockman said in a statement. “I’ve learned a lot, gotten to know a great many people and have become very close with our coaches and players. I’m incredibly grateful for my time here.

    “I’ve improved a lot since I first arrived on campus and I will be forever grateful to Coach Pitino, the coaching staff and for everyone involved around our team. However, I’ve been looking for an opportunity to play quality minutes for a long time now and I think this will be a great situation for me.”

    The 7-foot, 240-pounder did not receive much playing time on a deep Louisville team this past season, seeing his most extensive action very early in the year in back-to-back wins over Grand Canyon and Southern Illinois, in which he combined for 31 minutes of back-up action.

    “Matz has been a great team member with our basketball team and we appreciate his efforts,” Cardinals head coach Rick Pitino said in a statement. “Transferring to Minnesota is a great move for him, as he’ll have an opportunity to make an immediate impact when he becomes eligible to play.”

    Stockman was one of four players on the Cardinals’ roster this past season with international ties and will provide the Gophers with much-needed size when he is eligible to complete his college eligibility in ’18-19.

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