Blake Hoffarber Makes College Decision

Blake Hoffarber, a 6-foot-3 senior guard from Minnetonka (MN) Hopkins who led the Royals to consecutive state championships and is one of the country's top outside shooters, has made his college decision, according to his father, Bruce. Hoffarber had narrowed his choice to Notre Dame, Vanderbilt and hometown Minnesota.

Blake Hoffarber, a 6-foot-3 rising senior guard from Minnetonka (MN) Hopkins, had visited Vanderbilt September 14th and Notre Dame the previous weekend.

Bruce said that the visits to Minnesota went well.

"Friday, we met with athletic director Joel Maturi before he traveled to Purdue for the football game. We then met with Coach Monson and asked him a lot of questions. We met with the academic advisor for the basketball team. We watched the team practice. They did two-on-two drills and we watched all three groups play and met with the team. We went to the Carlson School of Management and met with the assistant dean and director of admissions. They said based on Blake's transcript, he would be admitted as a freshman. Only one of ten students get admitted in that program. They have only 1,700 kids in that school. He had dinner that night and hung out with the team."

Hoffarber said that the visit made the decision for Blake.

"He called Coach Monson an hour ago and accepted the scholarship offer. It is good to have it over with it. He left messages with Notre Dame and Vanderbilt and figures to talk to them later tonight. We feel pretty good about the decision and will move forward and be supportive about the program as we have always been. They have two big kids from the Class of 2008 (Jared Berggren and Andrew Brommer) coming for an official visit along with Al Nolen. They would like Blake to come down and help with the recruiting."

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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