Trent Tucker led the 1982 squad to the Big Ten Championship.Voshon Lenard was a key player for the Gophers in the early 1990s and went on to play more than a decade in the NBA.
A statement issued by the British Basketball League on Monday morning read: “We are shocked and saddened to hear that #British Basketball has lost a true legend in Kevin Cadle.
Our thoughts and prayers are with his family and friends.” NFL UK added: “We are shocked & saddened to hear of the death of Kevin Cadle, a great friend of #NFLUK for so long.
Willie Burton once scored 53 points in an NBA game with the Philadelphia 76ers.
Other former Gophers with long NBA careers include Randy Breuer, Mark Olberding, Archie Clark, Jim Peterson, and Ray Williams.
With the decline of the stature of the Gophers program, fewer elite players have joined the team.
The diminished reputation has not, however, prevented some superior athletes from coming to the Minneapolis campus.
Still more severe was the mid-1990s academic scandal under then-coach Clem Haskins that resulted in the forfeit of a Final Four appearance. Dave Mac Millan, who coached the team from 1927 to 19 to 1948, had the second longest tenure as coach at 18 seasons.
Initially, the Gophers team formed without any organized coach. John Wooden almost succeeded Mc Millan as Gophers head coach; Wooden claims that a dispute over retaining Mc Millan as an assistant coach and a delayed phone call led him to accept the job at UCLA instead.
The team has also had several instances of NCAA sanctions on the program that have affected performance and recruiting.
In the 1970s, the Gophers were in a violent brawl with the Ohio State Buckeyes and were barred from post-season appearances for two seasons after an incident involving the illegal resale of tickets. Cooke was put on the University payroll on a part-time basis in early 1897 and full-time by the fall; this made him one of the earliest professional coaches.
George Tuck was a dominant center, and the first All-America for the Gophers in 1905.