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Minnesota forward Eric Curry coming back for 6th season

July 6, 2021 GMT
FILE - In this Jan. 30, 2021, file photo, Minnesota forward Eric Curry holds the ball during the first half of the team's NCAA college basketball game against Purdue in West Lafayette, Ind. Curry has decided to return to the court for a sixth season at Minnesota The 6-foot-9 Curry was planning to serve as a graduate assistant under new head coach Ben Johnson. He changed his mind and exercised his option under the NCAA’s pandemic guidelines to play an additional year. (AP Photo/Michael Conroy, File)
FILE - In this Jan. 30, 2021, file photo, Minnesota forward Eric Curry holds the ball during the first half of the team's NCAA college basketball game against Purdue in West Lafayette, Ind. Curry has decided to return to the court for a sixth season at Minnesota The 6-foot-9 Curry was planning to serve as a graduate assistant under new head coach Ben Johnson. He changed his mind and exercised his option under the NCAA’s pandemic guidelines to play an additional year. (AP Photo/Michael Conroy, File)

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Minnesota forward Eric Curry has decided to return for a sixth season in the program, the team announced Tuesday.

The 6-foot-9 Curry was planning to serve as a graduate assistant under new coach Ben Johnson, but he changed his mind and exercised his option under the NCAA’s pandemic guidelines to play an additional year. The Gophers said Curry would switch his jersey from No. 24 to No. 1.

Curry, a native of Memphis, Tennessee, was forced to miss both the 2017-18 and 2019-20 seasons with knee injuries. In 78 career games, he has averaged 4.6 points, 4.0 rebounds and 18.2 minutes. Curry played in all 29 games in the 2020-21 season.

“I’m so incredibly excited for Eric,” Johnson said in a statement distributed by the university. “I’m happy with how he is feeling physically first and foremost, and that he is hungry to compete and lead for one more year. I know he is pumped to be able to wear the Maroon and Gold and we are just as thrilled to have him back with us.”

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