Blake Hoffarber Adds Big East Offer

Blake Hoffarber, a 6-foot-3 rising senior 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 another Big East scholarship offer and has received increased interest from several school, including hometown Minnesota. GoldenSports.Net caught up with Hoffarber's father to learn the latest.

Blake Hoffarber recently received a scholarship offer from Big East team Louisville, according to his father Bruce.

"They offered him a scholarship on August. 2. They wanted him to come down and watch team practice on the 21st and 22nd. They are traveling to Canada for five 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 after a strong summer for Blake after playing well at the Reebok ABCD camp, where he finished as the top three-point shooter and 13th overall player, and leading the Minnesota Magic Elite to the Reebok Big Time Tournament quarterfinals.

"Notre Dame could be offering a scholarship and San Francisco offered a scholarship. 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 change, according to Bruce.

"Dan Monson sent an e-mail saying there's 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 unofficial visit to Wake Forest while playing in the Tournament of Champions during Memorial Day. He told GoldenSports.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 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 past 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.

He 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.

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

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

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