CSU basketball adds Minnesota transfer Iverson
April 21, 2011
By Danny Mattie
FORT COLLINS, Colo. – Former Minnesota Golden Gophers center Colton Iverson, a 6-foot-10, 258 pound native of Yankton, S.D., has signed a financial aid agreement at Colorado State and will transfer to CSU to complete his collegiate playing career with the Rams. Head Coach Tim Miles made the announcement Thursday.
“Adding Colton is a huge benefit for our program,” said Miles. “He is a great kid, and will be a missing piece to our puzzle. I’m excited to work with him for the next two years, and we are looking forward to him having an outstanding senior year.”
Iverson, who was recruited by Miles out of high school, instead joined Tubby Smith and the Minnesota program in 2008-09, and went on to record more than 500 points, 400 rebounds and 90 blocks in three seasons in Minneapolis.
He started 27 games as a true freshman for the Gophers and tallied 42 starts in 98 games played in his career at Minnesota, averaging 5.3 points and 4.3 rebounds per game and helping his team to back-to-back NCAA tournament runs in 2008-09 and 2009-10.
“Colton is a very good player with an excellent work ethic and a physical style of play,” added Miles. “He is a great addition to a strong class that will finish their careers in 2012-13.”
Iverson will sit out the 2011-12 season per NCAA transfer rules and will have one season of eligibility in 2012-13, joining Dorian Green, Pierce Hornung, Greg Smith, Jesse Carr and Wes Eikmeier for their senior season at Moby Arena.
Iverson is the second player in three seasons to transfer to Colorado State from Minnesota, joining 2009-10 MWC Newcomer of the Year candidate Travis Busch who joined the Rams for his final year of eligibility while pursuing his graduate degree in management practices at CSU.