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Top Gophers men’s basketball pledge Kadyn Betts reclassifies to join program this fall

Betts averaged 22.7 points and 12.3 rebounds for Pueblo (Colo.) Central as it advanced to the Class 4A state tournament semifinals.

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The Gophers received a commitment from Colorado forward Kadyn Betts on July 1, 2022. Betts posed for a photo during an official visit to Minnesota in May.
Courtesy / Kadyn Betts via St. Paul Pioneer Press
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ST. PAUL -- University of Minnesota Gophers men’s basketball commit Kadyn Betts has reclassified to the 2022 class and will enroll at the university this fall, the program said Monday.

When he pledged on July 1, Betts was the first member of Minnesota’s 2023 class. At that point, the 6-foot-8 forward from Pueblo, Colo had plans to transfer to lauded Huntington (W.V.) Prep for his senior season.

Betts, who was considered a top-100 recruit in the country for next year’s class, will now speed up that transition and the Gophers have vacant scholarships to make it happen.

“He has a great skill set with an ability to really shoot the basketball,” Gophers head coach Ben Johnson said in a statement. “I love his size and versatility he will bring to our wing position, and I look forward to developing him both on and off the court.”

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Betts averaged 22.7 points and 12.3 rebounds for Pueblo Central as it advanced to the Class 4A state tournament semifinals. Betts, who was the junior class president at Pueblo Central, had scholarship offers from Colorado State, Akron, Wyoming and Northern Colorado, with interest from Iowa State, Butler and Colorado.

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Betts’ father, Kevin, played basketball at San Diego State and his brother, Kobi, played at Air Force and Colorado School of Mines.

“Kadyn comes from a great basketball family,” Johnson said. “I love his high academic background along with his contagious passion and energy for Gopher basketball.”

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