Minnesota Golden Gophers senior Dupree McBrayer announced Monday on Instagram that his mother, Tayra McFarlane, had passed away. He added an additional message on Twitter Tuesday saying she died of cancer.

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A 2016 story from the Star Tribune reported that when McBrayer was nine years old, McFarlane, a Rikers Island prison warden, took McBrayer and his brothers to the prison to show them the path they didn’t want to go down. “I had to stay on top of them and their whereabouts and keep them busy,” McFarlane said. “So I got them in basketball, and I just kept them running.”

McBrayer certainly heeded the advice and became a sought-after basketball recruit. Gophers head coach Richard Pitino took to Twitter Tuesday morning to recall his in-home visit with McFarlane and McBrayer.

Pitino will address reporters Tuesday in advance of the Gophers Big Ten home opener on Wednesday at 8 p.m. against the Nebraska Cornhuskers.

McBrayer has averaged 13.8 points per game this season in eight starts.


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