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Updated: May 8th, 2013 11:00am
Gophers sign basketball recruit Deandre Mathieu to letter of intent

Gophers sign basketball recruit Deandre Mathieu to letter of intent

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Deandre Mathieu made it official on Wednesday, signing a national letter of intent to play basketball for the Gophers.

He's the second player to sign since the hiring of new coach Richard Pitino, along with Daquan McNeil. Both players will be eligible to compete in 2013-14, the university said in a release.

"Deandre is the type of player that fits our style of play, both offensively and defensively," Pitino said in a statement. "He is an up-tempo point guard that does just about everything on the court, which was really evident in the numbers he put up last season. He is a great addition to our program."

Mathieu averaged 17.1 points, 6.1 rebounds and 6.5 assists last season at Central Arizona College en route to NJCAA first-team All-America honors. He was the Arizona Community College Athletic Conference player of the year.

The Knoxville, Tenn., native previously was a walk-on at Morehead State, where he played 29 games as a freshman with seven starts.