Blake Hoffarber to Visit Minnesota Friday

Blake Hoffarber, a 6-foot-3 senior guard from Minnetonka (MN) Hopkins who received a home visit from Minnesota head coach Dan Monson and assistant Bill Walker last Thursday evening, will make a visit to the Minnesota campus this Friday, according to his father, Bruce. Hoffarber led the Royals to consecutive state championships and is one of the country's top outside shooters.

Blake Hoffarber, a 6-foot-3 rising senior guard from Minnetonka (MN) Hopkins, visited Vanderbilt this past weekend along with Alabama guard Keegan Bell, who committed to the commodores Monday night. Hoffarber had Notre Dame the previous weekend and will make a decision shortly after the Minnesota visit, according to his father.

"A decision is forthcoming. Probably, by this time next week."

Bruce said that the visits to Notre Dame and Vanderbilt went well.

"They were first class and very professional. They made you feel wanted."

He said that Blake will visit the Gophers are spending a half day at school on Friday.

"He plans to get their at 11:30 Friday. He'll spend the whole day and come home that night. He has some previous plans for Friday. He knows the "U" and has been there many times, but it will be nice to get down there and see the Carlson School of Management, which is what he is interested in majoring in. He wants to see the dorms, where they eat, the weight rooms and see the players."

Notre Dame head coach Mike Brey and assistant head coach Sean Kearney made a home visit last Tuesday and visited Hopkins and watched Hoffarber play in an open gym and Vanderbilt had a home visit Monday.

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 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. 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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