MINNEAPOLIS -- Andre Hollins couldn't believe his eyes.
Before the Gophers point guard left to study in Italy for a month, he noticed teammate Mo Walker was losing a few pounds. The transformation was most noticeable in Walker's face, Hollins said.
When Hollins returned to Minnesota after his time abroad, Walker was a whole new person, having lost nearly 50 pounds.
"When I got back, I was like, 'Oh my God,'"Hollins said. "I was like, 'What have you been doing?' He lost, what, 50 pounds? It's crazy. It's unbelievable, and it's just a testament to how hard he's working."
Walker really had no choice but to shed the excess weight if he hoped to play college basketball this season. New Gophers coach Richard Pitino employs a fast-paced style that means his players are up and down the court at a much higher rate than they were under former coach Tubby Smith, which was more of a half-court offense that allowed Walker to play at his...