Gophers guard Both Gach granted immediate eligibility from NCAA

MINNEAPOLIS — Minnesota junior guard Both Gach was granted immediate eligibility Monday by the NCAA after he transferred from Utah.

Gach and the Gophers had applied for a waiver to play this season, having switched schools to be closer to his family during the COVID-19 pandemic. The 6-foot-6, 183-pound Gach is from Austin, Minn., about 100 miles south of Minneapolis.

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“We are grateful the NCAA made the right decision in granting Both immediate eligibility,” head coach Richard Pitino said in a statement. “We are also thankful for the hard work our compliance office did in putting together this waiver.”

The versatile wing will likely start for the Gophers along with another transfer, center Liam Robbins, who also gained NCAA approval to play right away after coming from Drake.

Gach was second on the Utes as a sophomore in scoring at 10.7 points per game. He also averaged 3.6 rebounds and 2.9 assists and shot 39.7% from the field. Gach became the third player in Utah program history to post a triple-double with 12 points, 10 rebounds and 10 assists against Mississippi Valley State last season.