Blake Hoffarber Continues to Add Interest

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 on two upcoming visits and a road trip to a Big East and SEC school this past week.

Blake Hoffarber, a 6-foot-3 rising senior guard from Minnetonka (MN) Hopkins, visited Louisville and Vanderbilt this past week on an unofficial visit. Bruce said that they got a chance to see the Cardinal practice as they are preparing for an upcoming trip.
 
"We watched the team practice and the next day got to see Coach Pitino work with the players individually. We also met with the University President."
 
"We went down to Vanderbilt and he got a chance to play with the players. We had thought to go to Cincinnati, but we decided not to go there for a visit."
 
Hoffarber will travel to South Bend next weekend for his first official visit as he will watch Notre Dame play Penn State in football.
 
"Head coach Mike Brey just text messaged Blake the words to the "Victory March," so he can sing along during the televised game against Georgia Tech."
 
Bruce said that his son might visit Vanderbilt the following week as the Commodores face SEC rival Arkansas in football.
 
"Keegan Bell, (a 6-foot-2 point guard from Madison (AL) Jones), is visiting Vanderbilt that weekend and Blake has gotten to know him."
 
Bruce said that the Gophers are still in the mix.
 
"They are still in the picture. They are waiting on Jon Leuer. Blake has been told by Coach (Dan) Monson that he will get a scholarship offer, if Jon goes someplace else. The Gopher coaches think that we are upset, but it is a business decision. If they had offered us three or four months ago, Blake would have taken it. But a lot has changed. Notre Dame has the third highest business undergraduate program in the country with a chance to play right away. Minnesota has five or six guards who will be back next year when he is a freshman plus you don't know the coaching situation."
 
"We look at the current roster, who they are recruiting, the coaching situation, the school, the academics. Coach Pitino told us you should never go anywhere the coaching situation is up in the air. He said that the coaching situation is the most important factor in picking a school, but were are looking at the academics and the program along with the coach."
 
"All Louisville has is a great coach and a great program, but no decision yet. They wants us to commit."
 
Louisville was recruiting Darquavis Tucker, a 6-foot-5 wing player from Saginaw (MI) Arthur Hill, who had the Cardinals high on his list. However, the senior Hoffarber said that the Cardinals contacted Tucker and said that they are no longer recruiting him, leaving an opportunity for Hoffarber.
 
Hoffarber said that Kansas State has recently offered his son a scholarship, but it might be too late as they are trying to narrow their list of schools.
 
"Coach Huggins would like us to visit, but we're not sure. They were hoping to get O.J. Mayo, but they are now looking at other players. They landed Michael Beasley and are hoping to get Bill Walker. Blake played with Walker two years ago at the ABCD Camp."
 
Hoffarber said that Kansas State became involved in his son's recruitment in a different way.
 
"The president of Kansas State has a place on Bay Lake. He heard about Blake and wrote letters to my father-in-law and Coach Huggins started recruiting him."
  
Hoffarber also has scholarship offers from Albany, Arkansas-Little Rock, Bucknell, Cincinnati, Delaware, Furman, Louisville, Loyola, Montana, Nebraska, Notre Dame, Northern Iowa, Oregon, Rice, Rutgers, San Francisco, Santa Clara, Vanderbilt, Virginia Tech, Washington State, William & Mary and Wisconsin-Green Bay.
 
Hoffarber is an excellent student with a 3.91 GPA. Minnesota, where his older sister and brother are currently attending, had met with Hoffarber in the past about walking on for a year and then having a scholarship for the final four years. However, it now appears that he is second on the peeking list behind Leuer for a scholarship.
 
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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