2016 Intro: Amir Coffey

Five-star sophomore wing Amir Coffey made First Team All-State and is already entertaining high major offers and interest.

Amir Coffey, a 2016 wing out of Minnetonka (Minn.) Hopkins, is having a successful sophomore campaign.

The 6-foot-6 wing was named First Team All-State, while averaging 18 points and six assists a game. He also lead his high school team to the section 6AAAA championship and into the state tournament.

"What I'm excited about when it comes to Amir, he's leading his team in scoring and assists," Richard Coffey – Amir's father – said. "He's shooting the three ball well. He penetrates and kicks. He always gets his teammates involved. Right now he plays four different positions. He plays the one through the four. It's the versatility that he has."

"One thing from a parent, coach perspective that I really like about his game that a lot of kids don't have is his basketball IQ," Coffey added. "It's an intangible that can't be taught."

Although an underclassmen, Coffey, who ranks No. 10 overall in the 2016 class, is entertaining early interest.

"It's going well," Coffey said about the recruiting process. "Roy Williams was just at his last game. North Carolina came up to see him. Kansas had a coach there. Right now he has scholarship offers from Minnesota, Indiana, Iowa State, Kansas State, Creighton and Miami."

Coffey also said Purdue, Michigan, Wisconsin and majority of the Big 10 have shown at least initial interest in his son. Iowa State was the first to offer Coffey back in the eighth grade.

The elder Coffey played at Minnesota in the late 80's and spent one season with the Minnesota Timberwolves. Because of his connections to Minnesota, Amir grew up following the Gophers.

"He grew up in the Gopher program and going to camps and stuff like that," he said. "What I've been doing with him is the same I'm doing with my daughters, who play D-1 ball. One is at Marist and the other is at University of Northwestern.

"I'm looking for the best school for them," Coffey said. "If that's Minnesota then that's where he'll be. But it it's Miami, Indiana or North Carolina, wherever that's where he'll go. I don't want him to feel like he has to go to the U because I played there. He has to find the best fit where he can use his talent and ability."

Coffey and his father took an unofficial visit to Minnesota on Sunday.

"They are all over him," he said about Minnesota. "They really like him a lot."

Roy Williams traveled to Minnesota to see Coffey last week. It was North Carolina's second trip to see the sophomore in the past month.

"They came up to a game early in the season," Coffey said. "One of their assistant coaches came up about a month ago. It was funny because no one knew he was coming and he just showed up and introduced himself. Amir had a great game that game."

"Then I was very surprised to see Roy Williams back in the gym a month later," he added. "What that told me was the assistant must have been very impressed with the way Amir played and what he did on the basketball court, to get Roy Williams back up here two days before they played Duke."

While there is a strong connection to Minnesota, there is also one to the state of North Carolina. Richard grew up in the state and a fan of the Tar Heels.

"I'm originally from North Carolina," Coffey said. "I grew up a Tar Heel. If you're from North Carolina you're either a Tar Heel or a Blue Devil. I was a Tar Heel. So, yeah, that's a school that Amir likes. The ACC conference is a great conference. He likes Miami as well. They have offered him."

Coffey is currently ranked as the No. 4 small forward in the 2016 class. Coffey will run with Howard Pulley on the EYBL circuit this upcoming spring and summer.


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