Blake Hoffarber is top Mr. Basketball choice

Blake Hoffarber, a 6-foot-3 senior guard from Hopkins who led the Royals to consecutive state championships, is making a compelling case for winning the Minnesota Mr. Basketball award. Hoffarber signed with Minnesota in the early signing period and is averaging 24.6 points per game this year for the Royals, who are 21-1.

Blake Hoffarber scored 38 points in a win over Robbinsdale Armstrong Friday. Hoffarber has scored 21 or more points the past 14 games and has increased his scoring average each game.

Hoffarber has led the Royals to an undefeated mark against Minnesota teams and they have not won a game by less than ten points against local opposition.

Hoffarber entered the season as the fourth-ranked Minnesota prospect behind center Cole Aldrich of Bloomington Jefferson, Trevor Mbakwe from St. Bernard's and Jon Leuer of Orono.

The big men have put up excellent numbers from their teams. Aldrich is averaging 22.3 points per game for the Jaguars, who are 16-5. Mbakwe is averaging 22.0 points per game as the Bulldogs are 23-0 and ranked #1 in Class A. Leuer is averaging 22.4 points for the 13-8 Spartans. He scored 37 points in a win over Delano Friday.

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