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Richard Pitino and the Gophers are picking up a transfer from Illinois State, according to a Tuesday-morning report.

According to the Star-Tribune's Amelia Rayno, Illinois State center Reggie Lynch will transfer to Minnesota.

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Lynch, who's 6-foot-10, is a Minnesota native and was one of the nation's top shot-blockers this past season, ranking 14th in the country with a whopping 2.8 blocked shots per game. He had a three-game stretch in non-conference play where he blocked 19 shots, getting at least six in each game, and he had eight games with at least five blocked shots.

Lynch also ranked third on the Redbirds in scoring this past season, averaging 9.5 points per game. He was the team's second-leading rebounder with 5.4 boards per game.

Lynch turned it on in conference play, averaging 10.8 points per game over Illinois State's final 17 games. That included 11 points, seven rebounds and five blocks in Illinois State's upset win over Wichita State in the Missouri Valley Tournament and 15 points, eight rebounds and six blocks in Illinois State's win over Green Bay in the first round of the NIT.

Lynch, who just finished his sophomore season at Illinois State, will sit out next season, per NCAA rules, and then have two years of eligibility remaining.