University of Minnesota head men’s basketball coach Ben Johnson has announced the addition of Tyler Cochran (Bolingbrook, Ill.) to the 2024-25 roster. Cochran, who is transferring to Minnesota from Toledo, has one year of eligibility remaining.

“We’re really excited to add Tyler Cochran to our program,” Johnson said. “He is a high-character young man with veteran leadership experience and production. Tyler comes from a great winning culture and program. He will add versatility and experience to our roster.”

Cochran, a 6-2 guard, was a 2024 Second Team All-MAC selection and the MAC’s Co-Defensive Player of the Year. With the Rockets last year, Cochran averaged 14.4 points and a team-high 6.4 rebounds as Toledo won the Mid-American Conference regular season title. Cochran also shot 49.5 percent from the field and averaged a MAC-high 1.9 steals per game. Cochran averaged 15.6 points and 6.7 rebounds in conference action alone, shooting 52.3 percent. The Bolingbrook, Ill., product also produced a career-high 33 points and 13 field goals against Marshall last season. He also established his 1,000th career point last year. Cochran played nine games for Toledo in the 2022-23 season before suffering an injury that sidelined him for the remainder of the year. In those nine games, he averaged 9.2 points, 4.1 rebounds and 1.6 steals.

Prior to his Toledo tenure, Cochran competed at Ball State in the 2021-22 season, where he started in 29 of 31 games, led the Mid-American Conference with 2.0 steals per game, and ranked second on the team, averaging 11.6 points and 5.6 rebounds. Cochran began his collegiate career at Northern Illinois for two seasons, 2020-21 and 2019-20. In that span, he saw action in 43 games, including all 31 of his freshman season. During his NIU tenure, Cochran averaged 8.3 points.

(info and photos courtesy of Gopher Sports)

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