Minnesota freshman guard Jamal Mashburn Jr. is transferring to New Mexico. The decision announced Friday reunites Mashburn with new Lobos coach Richard Pitino, who recruited Mashburn to Minnesota and coached him last season. "Let's get the pit jumpin!"
Former Gophers guard Jamal Mashburn Jr., announced via Instagram on Friday that he is transferring to New Mexico, where he will rejoin former Minnesota coach Richard Pitino. Mashburn entered the NCAA transfer portal after the Gophers fired Pitino last month. As a freshman, the 6-2 Mashburn averaged 8.2 points for Minnesota last season and flourished late in the year, averaging 13.6 points over the final nine games.
In the contract extension Pitino signed in 2019, he had a $1.75 million buyout for a dismissal prior to April 30, 2021, but payment was to cease once he found comparable employment. There was also a $500,000 early termination clause that Pitino would've been on the hook for if he pre-emptively departed for another job. Both of those fees were waived in the separation agreement.