Blake Hoffarber Adds Big East and ACC Offers

Blake Hoffarber, a 6-foot-3 junior guard from Minnetonka (MN) Hopkins, has led the Royals to consecutive state championships and is one of the country's top outside shooters. Hoffarber picked up two new scholarship offers Monday, upping his number to 12. Hoffarber has received interest from Minnesota, prompting a Gopher coach to watch him scrimmage Saturday with some of the state's top players.

Blake Hoffarber recently received offers from Cincinnati and Virginia Tech after playing well at the Reebok ABCD camp, where he finished as the top three-point shooter and 13th overall player.

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

Hoffarber had received scholarship offers from schools such as Wisconsin-Green Bay, Loyola of Chicago, Washington State, Montana, Furman, William and Mary, and Albany. 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.

Hoffarber took an unoffical visit to Wake Forest while playing in the Tournament of Champions during Memorial Day.

"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."

Hoffarber averaged 17.9 points per game this season, as the Royals' only two losses were suffered when Purdue signee Dan Vandervieren was forced to sit out two weeks for violating a Minnesota State High School League rule. Hoffarber was named first-team All-Metro by the Star Tribune.

Hoffarber showed more of a scoring streak this season with the loss of Arden Skoglund, who signed with Valparaiso, and Andrew Henke, who is at the Air Force. He scored a career-best 42 points in their 91-77 win over Classic Lake Conference rival Minnetonka earlier last season and also finished with 11 rebounds and 10 assists as Hoffarber scored 26 points in the second half.

Hoffarber 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 led Hopkins to a 31-1 mark and scored 53 points in the three state playoff games last season as a sophomore.

He has attended Reebok's ABCD camp and NBA Players Association camp the past two seasons. His Minnesota Magic Elite AAU team will play in the Reebok Big Time tournament in Las Vegas beginning Saturday and in Orlando at the AAU Nationals next week.

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