Pitino offers Leuer's AAU teammate, Hoffarber

Blake Hoffarber, a 6-foot-3 rising senior guard from Minnetonka (MN) Hopkins, has led his high school team to consecutive state championships. One of the nation's top outside shooters, Hoffarber recently picked up an offer from Louisville. Is Hoffarber planning a visit to the U of L campus? InsideTheVille.com has the latest.

Blake Hoffarber recently received a scholarship offer from Louisville.

"They offered him a scholarship on August 2nd," said Bruce Hoffarber, the player's father. "They want him to come down and watch team practice on August 21st and 22nd. They are traveling to Canada for (three) exhibition games. Cincinnati, which has also offered him a scholarship, also wants him to stop by."

Bruce Hoffarber said that several other teams have expressed interest in his son after a strong showing at the Reebok ABCD camp, where Blake finished as the top three-point shooter and 13th rated overall player. He also led the Minnesota Magic Elite to the Reebok Big Time Tournament quarterfinals.

"Notre Dame could be offering a scholarship and San Francisco offered a scholarship," he said. "Pepperdine is close to extending an offer. Virginia Tech and Washington have called to try to set up visits."

Hoffarber and several of the state's top players scrimmaged at Orono last month as coaches from Minnesota, Iowa, Iowa State, Wisconsin-Green Bay, South Alabama, Kansas, Washington State, SMU, Northern Iowa and Louisville watched.

Hoffarber is an excellent student with a 3.91 GPA. Minnesota, where his older sister and brother are currently attending, has met with Hoffarber about walking on for a year and then having a scholarship for the final four years. Minnesota currently has 12 players on scholarship and has a commitment from Hoffarber's AAU teammate, Al Nolen Jr. However, that could could change according to Hoffarber's father.

"Dan Monson sent an e-mail saying that there was something different that he wanted to talk about. He wanted us to come down to the campus. We would like to do it sooner than later, since Blake is hoping to narrow his list of schools to five in mid-August."

Hoffarber took an unoffical visit to Wake Forest while playing in the Tournament of Champions during Memorial Day. He told Golden Sports.Net that he enjoyed the visit.

"It was fun. I met with all the coaches and they showed me around the campus," he said.

Hoffarber said that he has been working hard on his game in the offseason.

"I'm working on my pull-up jumper, my ball-handling and getting to the rim," he said.

Hoffarber averaged 17.9 points per game last season and was named first-team All-Metro by the Star Tribune. He scored a career-best 42 points last season, while leading his high school team to the Minnesota Class AAAA championship game.

Hoffarber has attended Reebok's ABCD camp and the NBA Players Association camp the past two seasons.


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