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Richard Pitino has agreed to become the head coach of the Minnesota Gophers.
Pitino was previously the head coach at Florida International.
"Richard Pitino has been selected as the finalist for the position of University of Minnesota men's head basketball coach," the school said in a statement. "Pitino and the university have reached an understanding in principle on the key terms of an agreement."
Eric Musselman was also a candidate for the job but never reached the interview stage.
The 2012-13 Naismith early season watch list was released on Wednesday.
Below is a full list of nominees:
Kyle Anderson, UCLA Chane Behanan, Louisville Kenny Boynton, Florida Lorenzo Brown, NC State Trey Burke, Michigan Isaiah Canaan, Murray State Michael Carter-Williams, Syracuse Rotnei Clarke, Butler Jack Cooley, Notre Dame DJ Cooper, Ohio Aaron Craft, Ohio State Matthew Dellavedova, Saint Mary's Gorgui Dieng, Louisville Michael Dixon Jr., Missouri Jamaal Franklin, San Diego State Tim Frazier, Penn State Archie Goodwin, Kentucky Elias Harris, Gonzaga Pierre Jackson, Cincinnati CJ Leslie, NC State Mark Lyons, Arizona Trevor Mbakwe, Minnesota James Michael McAdoo, North Carolina CJ McCollum, Lehigh Doug McDermott, Creighton Rodney McGruder, Kansas State Ben McLemore, Kansas Tony Mitchell, North Texas Mike Moser, UNLV Shabazz Muhammad, UCLA Nerlens Noel, Kentucky Kevin Pangos, Gonzaga Mason Plumlee, Duke Otto Porter, Georgetown Alex Poythress, Kentucky Phil Pressey, Missouri Andre Roberson, Colorado Peyton Siva, Louisville Marcus Smart, Oklahoma State Michael Snaer, Florida State Jarnell Stokes, Tennessee Adonis Thomas, Memphis Deshaun Thomas, Ohio State Christian Watford, Indiana Jeff Withey, Kansas Nate Wolters, South Dakota State BJ Young, Arkansas Patric Young, Florida Cody Zeller, Indiana
Minnesota received an oral commitment from Alvin Ellis, a 6-foot-4, 190-pound guard out of Chicago De La Salle High School.
"Alvin really loved his visit, and he especially got along great with the guys on the team, guys like Austin Hollins," De La Salle coach Tom White said. "Those players remind him of the players we have here. The Gophers got themselves a really good all-around player. I can't wait to see him play in the Big Ten next year."
Ellis picked Minnesota over Kansas State, Butler and Northwestern.
Tyus Jones underwent surgery to repair a torn ligament in his right thumb and will not be cleared for basketball-related activities until next month.
"I'll be ready for the season," Jones said, his shooting hand protected by a splint.
Jones played host to Minnesota’s Tubby Smith, Michigan State's Tom Izzo, Stanford's Johnny Dawkins and Kentucky’s John Calipari this week. North Carolina's Roy Williams is scheduled to visit next week.
"It's definitely starting to get more serious," he said. "You can kind of feel it. I'm still having fun with it, but it's picking up.
"It's a business for them, for the coaches, for the colleges. I'm trying to just have fun with it and not let it stress me out."