When Gophers guard Jamal Mashburn Jr. looked up at his father in the Williams Arena crowd Saturday afternoon, he didn’t need to get much more than a nod to turn his game up a notch. “We have our own signals ever since AAU ball,” said former NBA and Kentucky standout Jamal Mashburn Sr., who was in attendance for his son’s game for the first time this season.
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“Jay is very competitive,” Mashburn Sr. said. “He’s the type of kid that doesn’t run from anything. A part of his recruitment process, we were looking for the best competition in the best conference. That’s what the Big Ten and Minnesota offers.” Richard Pitino’s father, Rick, coached the elder Mashburn at Kentucky, but the new generation of this connection is making both sons excited as well.