NCAA says transfer Both Gach can play right away for Minnesota Golden Gophers

MINNEAPOLIS -- Minnesota junior guard Both Gach was granted immediate eligibility Monday by the NCAA after he transferred from Utah.

Gach and the Gophers had applied for a waiver to play this season, after Gach switched schools to be closer to his family during the COVID-19 pandemic. The 6-foot-6, 183-pound Gach is from Austin, Minnesota, about 100 miles south of Minneapolis.

The versatile wing will likely start for the Gophers along with another transfer, center Liam Robbins, who gained NCAA approval to play right away after coming from Drake.

Gach was second in scoring on the Utes as a sophomore, averaging 10.7 points per game. He also averaged 3.6 rebounds and 2.9 assists and shot 39.7% from the field. Gach became the third player in Utah program history to post a triple-double, with 12 points, 10 rebounds and 10 assists against Mississippi Valley State last season.