Blake Hoffarber Adds Two New Offers

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. GoldenSports.Net caught up with Hoffarber's father, Bruce, to learn the latest.

Blake Hoffarber, a 6-foot-3 rising senior guard from Minnetonka (MN) Hopkins, has received two new offers, according to his father, Bruce.

"Vanderbilt offered Monday and Oregon offered yesterday. He is now up to 21 offers, but we plan to narrow down the list."

Hoffarber also has scholarship offers from Albany, Arkansas-Little Rock, Bucknell, Cincinnati, Delaware, Furman, Louisville, Loyola, Montana, Nebraska, Northern Iowa, Rice, Rutgers, San Francisco, Santa Clara, Virginia Tech, Washington State, William & Mary and Wisconsin-Green Bay.

Blake Hoffarber will travel to Louisville on Aug. 28 for an unofficial visit. They have offered Hoffarber and are hoping for a commitment when he visits that Monday. They will likely visit Vanderbilt Sunday and Cincinnati Tuesday. However, the Louisville coaches might want him to modify his travel plans.

"They said that they would like him to visit Louisviile first. They said that "if you love what you see, maybe we can get a commitment out of you."

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."

However, Minnesota extended a scholarship offer to his AAU teammate Jon Leuer Wednesday, which would leave them without a scholarship for Blake.

"We may stop by the campus tonight or tomorrow. However, I'm not sure what good that is going to do," Bruce said.

Minnesota could hope that a scholarship could open up, if a player transfers after the season. However, Bruce said that it would tough to make teams wait for him to make a decision.

"I don't think that we are going to wait that long," he said.

Mike Brey, the head coach of Notre Dame, is coming to visit the family in early September. Bruce said that they will likely narrow their list of schools later this month.

Hoffarber had a strong summer, 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.

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.

He 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 as a sophomore.

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

Hoffarber will be asked to carry more of the scoring load this season with the loss of Vandervieren, who will play at Purdue, and Steve Duncan, who is headed to Division II Minnesota-Duluth. The Royals are a strong favorite to win their third straight Class AAAA title after recently winning the Pacesetter Sweet 16 title in St. Joseph's, MN.

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

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