Osenieks’ Gophers career over

Gophers redshirt junior Oto Osenieks set career-high averages in points (5.6 ppg), rebounds (2.9) and field-goal percentage (44.8%) this season.

MINNEAPOLIS — Oto Osenieks’ Gophers career appears to be over.

The University of Minnesota announced on Wednesday that Osenieks, a redshirt junior, will be honored on Senior Night on Sunday. Osenieks did not play in the Gophers’ last two games due to a knee injury, and head coach Richard Pitino indicated the injury will end his career with Minnesota.

"Oto has been a joy to work with and be around," Pitino said in a statement. "Unfortunately, this injury will limit his ability to continue playing beyond this season. We look forward to having Oto assisting and supporting our team in day-to-day operations."

The school also said that it will seek a medical non-counter waiver for Osenieks, who is set to graduate this spring.

Osenieks, a native of Latvia, was Minnesota’s starting power forward for much of the 2013-14 season. He set career-high averages in points (5.6 ppg), rebounds (2.9) and field-goal percentage (44.8%).

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