Blake Hoffarber, a 6-foot-3 junior shooting guard from Minnetonka (MN) Hopkins, received plenty of national attention after leading the Royals to a 73-60 double-overtime win over Eastview in the Minnesota Class AAAA championship game and winning an ESPY for Play of the Year. Hoffarber is one of the top shooters in the state and has received plenty of recruiting interest. GoldenSports.net caught up with Hoffarber to talk about his recruitment and the upcoming season for the Royals.
led Hopkins to a 30-1 mark and scored 53 points in the three state playoff games.
Hoffarber played at Reebok's ABCD camp in Teaneck, New Jersey with AAU teammate and fellow 2007 class member Cole Aldrich
The two played in the Reebok Big Time Tournament for the Minnesota Magic Elite, finishing 1-4. They lost all three games in pool play, but rebounded to win their first playoff game before falling in the second round.
The AAU team had won the Kingwood Classic 16-and-under crown in April.
Hoffarber also played in the NBA Players Association camp in Richmond, Virginia in June.
of things have you been working on leading up to the season?
"I've just been working
on my dribbling and my quickness and jumping. Getting low on defense and
improving my defensive game, too."
working your acceleration and quickness, right?
"We've been going to the
Edge all summer up until just a little bit ago. Now, we work out at the high
school, lifting weights. I also have a Pilates class and I am working on my core
strength and getting my back a lot stronger."
noticed much of a difference already?
"I've noticed a
difference. Everyone says that I am a lot quicker than I used to be. Hopefully,
I can keep working up to the season and during the season, so I can keep
improving my game."
received a few offers recently, right?
"I got an offer from
Loyola of Chicago a month ago. I just got one in the last week or so from Wisconsin
-Green Bay. I had heard that Delaware was on the verge of it, but I have not
heard anything yet."
Stanford was out
to watch you the other week.
Do you have
a list of schools in your head or is it a bit early?
"It is kind of open. I'm
still keeping my options open. I really have not thought much about college
have played in a lot of open gyms. How has that worked out and what are
your expectations of the team this year?
"We've been working out
all summer and spring and we've been getting a lot closer as a team and know
what each other can do, because we are going to pretty much have a new team,
except for Dan (Vandervieren), Steve (Duncan) and I. We are just getting a
lot closer and can tell what each other is doing on the court. Hopefully, we
will be just as good as last year, maybe better. We just have to keeping working
hard and see what happens."
Have you though
much about next summer plans about where you would like to play AAU-wise?
"I'm going to go through
my high school season and then make up my mind."
going to play for the Minnesota Magic or are you up in the air about
"I really have not
thought about it much. My parents, coach and I have to talk about it after the
season. It's up for grabs."