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On Sunday night, Rick Rickert told his parents that he was signing with the University of Arizona. On Monday morning, he donned his Arizona hat, and went to school. But somewhere in between, at around 1 a.m., he called the Wildcats' coaching staf...

On Sunday night, Rick Rickert told his parents that he was signing with the University of Arizona. On Monday morning, he donned his Arizona hat, and went to school. But somewhere in between, at around 1 a.m., he called the Wildcats' coaching staff to tell them that he had changed his mind. Rickert had decided to attend the University of Minnesota.
On Monday afternoon, he made it official, signing a letter of intent to attend Minnesota and play basketball for Dan Monson's Golden Gophers.
"Minnesota's in trouble right now, and I'm going to see what I can do to help them," Rickert said. "Arizona's number one. They're already at the top, and I think I'll get more chance to play and shoot at Minnesota."
The deciding factor, however, had much less to do with basketball and more to do with being close to home. In the end, Rickert simply wanted to be loyal to his best friend Louis Wiggen, and his cousin who will also be attending Minnesota next fall.
"I really wanted to go to school at Arizona," said Rickert. "They have a great program - nothing but pluses - but the thing that turned me around was my relationship with my best friend and my cousin." Rickert said that his weekend trip to the Minnesota campus, where he was lauded by the Gophers' fans at a basketball game, had little to do with his change of heart.
"I really loved Arizona, and I wish I could have played for them," he said. "But I couldn't please everybody, and it just came down to having to make a decision that would either disappoint Arizona or Minnesota."
Ultimately, the disappointment was Arizona's. Rickert's father Lew, who played briefly for the Gophers and was in support of their program, sat beside his tearful son as he made his final decision, dropping the Arizona papers to the floor and reaching for Minnesota's.
"It was a courageous move for him to back down," the elder Rickert said. "He's not going to regret it."

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