Blake Hoffarber Narrows his List

Blake Hoffarber, a 6-foot-3 senior guard from Minnetonka (MN) Hopkins who has led the Royals to consecutive state championships and is one of the country's top outside shooters, visited Notre Dame this past weekend. GoldenSports.Net caught up with Hoffarber's father, Bruce, to learn the latest on the visit and his recruitment.

Blake Hoffarber, a 6-foot-3 rising senior guard from Minnetonka (MN) Hopkins, visited Notre Dame this past weekend and caught the Fighting Irish football game versus Penn State. Notre Dame head coach Mike Brey and assistant head coach Sean Kearney made a home visit Tuesday and visited Hopkins and watched Hoffarber play in an open gym.  
Vanderbilt had a home visit Monday and Minnesota head coach Dan Monson is expected to watch Hoffarber at the open gym Thrusday.
Bruce said that they will visit Vanderbilt this upcoming weekend as the Commodores face SEC rival Arkansas in football and are expected to take an official visit to Minnesota the following weekend as they have narrowed the list to three schools.
"Keegan Bell (a 6-foot-2 point guard from Madison (AL) Jones) is visiting Vanderbilt that weekend and Blake has gotten to know him. Keegan left Blake a message earlier this weekend. The two were roomates at the ABCD camp last year."
Bruce said that the hometown Gophers are still in the mix. They have one scholarship left and the senior Hoffarber indicated that whoever takes the offer first between Jon Leuer and his son will have the scholarship.
Hoffarber is an excellent student with a 3.91 GPA.
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, 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. They also have several talented sophomore players who are already drawing Division I interest.
Hoffarber has attended Reebok's ABCD camp and NBA Players Association camp the past two seasons.


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