Edina native Lynch transferring to Gophers from Illinois State

Center Reggie Lynch averaged 9.5 points, 5.4 rebounds and 2.8 blocks per game as a sophomore for Illinois State last season.

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MINNEAPOLIS — Gophers basketball coach Richard Pitino has added another Division I transfer to his roster.

Reggie Lynch, a 6-foot-10 center, announced Tuesday via Twitter that he will transfer from Illinois State to the Gophers.

Lynch tweeted: "I WILL BE SIGNING TO THE UNIVERSITY OF MINNESOTA TO CONTINUE MY COLLEGE BASKETBALL CAREER!#GOLDENGOPHERS"

Lynch, an Edina, Minn., native, averaged 9.5 points, 5.4 rebounds and 2.8 blocks per game as a sophomore during the 2014-15 season. He’ll have to sit out the upcoming season at Minnesota due to NCAA transfer rules.

During his time at Edina High School, Lynch led the Hornets to a third-place finish in the state tournament in his senior season. Lynch is now the second Division I player to transfer to Minnesota during head coach Richard Pitino’s tenure. Forward Joey King transferred from Drake to the Gophers but was deemed eligible to play right away by the NCAA.

Lynch’s uncle, Kevin Lynch, played his college basketball for the Gophers before spending two years in the NBA with the Charlotte Hornets. Kevin Lynch is now a basketball analyst with FOX Sports North.

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