Hoffarber plans August visits

Blake Hoffarber, one of the top prospects in the state of Minnesota, plans to narrow his recruitment down in the near future. The 6'3 guard has a trio of unofficial visits lined up in the next two weeks that ultimately will help him make a college decision. What schools will Hoffarber visit? Where does Louisville stand on his list?

The Louisville Cardinals will get a visit from one of the top high school basketball prospects in the state of Minnesota later this month.

Blake Hoffarber, a 6'3 guard from Minnetonka, told InsideTheVille.com Tuesday evening that he and his family will make a trio of unofficial visits very soon.

"I think we're planning on coming down to Louisville the weekend of August 28 to watch them practice before they go to Canada," Hoffarber said. "We're also going to visit Vanderbilt and Cincinnati on that same weekend and maybe Notre Dame."

The purpose of the visits, according to Hoffarber, is very simple.

"I'm trying to start narrowing things down before school starts," Hoffarber said. "I haven't narrowed things down yet, but I'm trying to find the right fit. I'm looking for a good place to spend the next four years."

Hoffarber, an AAU teammate of another Louisville recruit, 6'9 Jon Leuer, enjoyed an outstanding summer on the AAU and camp circuits. The sharp-shooter helped lead the Minnesota Magic to the Elite Eight at Reebok's Big Time Tournament and finished as one of the highest rated performers at ABCD.

Those efforts drew lots of attention from high major college coaches, and Hoffarber claims scholarship offers from Oregon, Cincinnati, Louisville, Virginia Tech, Vanderbilt and Rutgers.

"Basically, Louisville told me that if I came down for a visit that they'd offer," he explained.

Though Hoffarber said he doesn't have a firm list of favorites, he did express strong interest in Louisville.

"I'm really interested in Louisville," Hoffarber said. "That's why we're going down there to check things out."

Hoffarber also said that he and Leuer have toyed with the notion of playing together at U of L.

"We've talked about it," he admitted. "It's a possibility but we're still both wide open."

Though Louisville didn't get into the mix with Hoffarber until last month, it appears the Cardinals will be serious players when the talented guard makes his decision later this fall.

"Louisville started recruiting me right after Vegas," Hoffarber said. "Rick Pitino saw me out in Vegas and said he liked what he saw."

So what is Hoffarber ultimately looking for in a college?

"I'm looking to play in a system where the shooters are involved in the offense and the coaching staff has a record of improving their players," he said.

And there's no question that Hoffarber knows how to fill it up from deep.

"I'm a good shooter and passer and I do the little things necessary to win," Hoffarber said. "I do whatever it takes to win."

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