Former Gopher Payton Willis signs with Golden State for NBA Summer League

MINNEAPOLIS – University of Minnesota alum Payton Willis has signed with the Golden State Warriors and will compete in the NBA Summer League. The Golden Gopher grad begins competition July 2-3 in the California Classic at the Chase Center, and continues action July 7-17 at the Thomas & Mack Center and Cox Pavilion on the campus of the University of Nevada, Las Vegas.  Willis had his best point-production season of his collegiate career en route to All-Big Ten honorable mention honors in 2021-22. The senior from Fayetteville, Ark., averages 15.9 ppg, which ranked second on the team and 10th within the Big Ten. … Continue reading Former Gopher Payton Willis signs with Golden State for NBA Summer League

Rising Stars All Star Tournament Showcases the Best of the Best in Minnesota

by Paul Langfellow It had all the earmarks of a typical Saturday of youth basketball this past weekend at St.Michael Albertville and Rogers High Schools. But a closer look and you’d realize that the Rising Stars Showcase was anything but … Continue reading Rising Stars All Star Tournament Showcases the Best of the Best in Minnesota

Rogers and Maple Grove programs host MYAS Grade State Championship games

Bridging the gap to high school sports, Grade State Championships By Paul Langfellow The final weekend of the Grade State Championships were held by MYAS across the Twin Cities for 7th and 8th grade boys this past weekend (March 12-13) … Continue reading Rogers and Maple Grove programs host MYAS Grade State Championship games

Girls Grade State Championships breed success, funding

The largest youth basketball tournament in the nation, and an opportunity for a recently formed booster club.By Paul Langfellow This past weekend the Minnesota Youth Athletic Services 2022 Girls Grade State Basketball Championship took place at 26 sites across the … Continue reading Girls Grade State Championships breed success, funding

Preview: 2022 MYAS Girls Grade State Hoops Championships on the Clock

2022 Girls Grade State Championships Preview     by Wally Langfellow The long months of planning are in the books. For the staff of Minnesota Youth Athletic Services, and the hundreds of volunteers who make the Girls Grade State Championships happen, the fun is just beginning as they get set for this weekend’s tournament. “We plan about 10 months out for an event of this magnitude,” says MYAS associate director Jeremy Innes.  And the magnitude is impressive. This year’s Girls Grade State Championships which run February 26-27,  will include a near-record 578 teams (the record is 584 teams in 2017) … Continue reading Preview: 2022 MYAS Girls Grade State Hoops Championships on the Clock

As expected, Pitino fired by Mark Coyle

University of Minnesota Athletics Director Mark Coyle announced this evening that the University has parted ways with men’s basketball coach Richard Pitino. “I recently met with Richard and told him that we were moving in a different direction. Richard is a tremendous person and coach, and I want to thank him, Jill and their family for their commitment to Minnesota. We wish them well in their next endeavor. “Decisions like this are never easy, but after evaluating this season and the previous eight years of our program under Richard, it is clear to me that new leadership is needed. We … Continue reading As expected, Pitino fired by Mark Coyle