Getting to know new Gophers big man Liam Robbins

The Gophers men’s basketball team landed talented big man Liam Robbins in April after he chose to leave Drake as a transfer.

Our Darren ‘Doogie’ Wolfson talked with Robbins about why he chose the Gophers, his weight loss over the last few years, his existing relationship with Gophers PG Marcus Carr, how his game translates to head coach Richard Pitino’s offense, and more.

***Click the video box on this page to watch our chat with Robbins, and to see him in action***

As a sophomore, Robbins averaged 14.1 points and 7.1 rebounds a game, while shooting 49.9% from the field. His best skill might be blocking shots. Robbins ranked fifth in the nation in blocks with 2.91 per game last year. His 99 blocks were a Drake school record.

The NCAA is expected to look at the possibility of transfers being eligible immediately at their new school, on a one-time basis. If that legislation passes, Robbins could slide into the spot Daniel Oturu vacated when he turned pro as soon as next season. If it doesn’t pass, Robbins will have to sit out before becoming eligible for the 2021-’22 season.

The Gophers have strong ties to Robbins, a native of Davenport, Iowa. Robbins is the nephew of Minnesota associate coach Ed Conroy.