Norwegian-born Matz Stockman transfers to Gophers basketball team

Matz Stockman (provided photo, Credit: Jeff Reinking, Louisville Athletics)

Oslo, Norway native Matz Stockman is transferring from the University of Louisville to the University of Minnesota, Gophers head basketball coach Richard Pitino announced Wednesday. Stockman is joining the younger Pitino in Minnesota after spending three season under Rick Pitino at Louisville.

“I am very excited about the addition of Matz Stockman,” Richard Pitino said in a statement. “I believe Matz will come in and contribute immediately. He’s got the size and skill to make an impact in the Big Ten. He will be a terrific addition on the court, in the locker room, on campus and in the classroom.”

Stockman will sit out the 2017-18 season before taking the court with one year of eligibility for the Gophers.

In his three seasons at Louisville, the 7-foot, 240-pound Stockman appeared in 45 games in a reserve role, average 2.2 points and 1.6 rebounds per game.

Stockman is a graduate of the Canarias Basketball Academy in the Canary Islands.