Blake Hoffarber is GSN's Player of the Year

Blake Hoffarber, a 6-foot-3 senior guard from Hopkins, is GoldenSports.Net's choice for the Twin Cities' Metro Player of the Year, narrowly edging center Cole Aldrich of Bloomington Jefferson.

Blake Hoffarber was GoldenSports.Net's choice for the Twin Cities' Metro Player of the Year as he averaged 24.8 points per game as he led the Royals to a 25-1 mark heading into the playoff. Hoffarber had a remarkable 13-game stretch when his scoring average stayed the same or increased. His scoring averaged went from 19.3 to 24.6 as he averaged 27.9 during that stretch. Hoffarber is the state's top outside shooter and is an underrated passer.

Cole Aldrich finished a close second in the voting as he is averaging 22.5 points per game, leading the Jaguars to a 20-5 mark. The Kansas signee was named the St. Paul Pioneer Press Defensive Player of the Year.

Trevor Mbakwe is averaging 21.6 points per game to lead St. Bernard's to a perfect 27-0 mark. The Marquette signee has scored in double figures in every game this year.

Jon Leuer of Orono is also headed to play in the Badger State. Leuer, who is headed to Wisconsin, averaged 23.2 points per game for the 16-10 Spartans. He scored in double figures in every game and had a season-best 37 points versus Delano.

AAU teammate Eric Carlson had 19 points and 15 in his matchup against Leuer. He finished with 26.1 points and 10.2 rebounds per game. Carlson had six games of over 30 points and scored less than 20 points just three times. The Sabers finished just four points from an undefeated season. Shakopee lost just two games all season, falling 56-55 at Armstrong and 59-58 at Waconia.

The second team was dominated with youth as three juniors and one sophomore made the second team.

Alex Rubin, a 6-foot-1 point guard from Robbinsdale Armstrong, who signed early with Illinois State, averaged 20.9 points this season. Rubin led the Falcons, who finished the regular season 17-9. He scored in double figures in every game but one, when he was held to six points against Lakeville South when he was slowed with the flu. Rubin scored 30 points twice and had 20 to 29 points 16 times.

Benilde St. Margaret junior teammates Armond Battle and Jordan Taylor also made the second team. Battle scored more than 30 points three times and averaged 20.3 points per game. He scored in double figures in all but two games. Taylor, a Wisconsin commit, averaged 19.6 points. He scored more than 30 points in four games, including 41 points versus Spring Lake Park.

Taylor will be joined by center Jared Berggren of Princeton at Wisconsin in 2008. Berggren led the Tigers to a 17-9 mark. He averaged 21.2 points, 11.9 rebounds and 5.6 blocked shots per game. Unfortunately, his season ended Tuesday when they were upset by Big Lake 71-61 in the first round of the playoffs.

Royce White, a 6-foot-7 forward from Minneapolis DeLaSalle, averaged 21.6 points as he led the Islanders to a 18-7 mark. The sophomore scored in double figures in every game this season.

The third team was led by Robbinsdale Cooper teammates Rodney Williams and Dennis Williamson. Williams, a sophomore, averaged 17 points and six rebounds per game. He scored in double figures in every game but one. Williamson led the Hawks with 19.9 points and 10.9 rebounds per contest. Willamson scored 20 of his 24 points in the second half as Cooper pulled away from Park Center 72-54 Wednesday night in the playoff opener. The pair has led Cooper to a 21-6 mark.

Al Nolen Jr. of Minneapolis Patrick Henry will be headed to Minnesota next season. He averaged 13.7 points per game for the 17-9 Patriots.

Andrew Brommer, a junior forward from Rosemount, has committed to Minnesota. He averaged 16.3 points this season for the Irish, who concluded the season 9-17, losing to Rochester Century in the first round of the playoffs. He scored 20 or more points in four of the last five games.

Zach Filzen of Northfield signed with Northern Arizona. He averaged 23.0 points per game and scored 39 points in the regular season finale. Filzen lead the Raiders to a 14-10 mark.

The fourth team was led by four seniors and two juniors.

Max Hintz from Woodbury is averaging 25.4 points and 6.6 rebounds per game. The unsigned senior has lead the Royals to a 23-4 mark. He had 37 points, 15 rebounds and five assists Wednesday night leading Woodbury past St. Paul Central 80-62 in the first round of the playoffs.

Marty Gregor from Chaska averaged 22.7 points per game this season. The Hawks concluded their season with a 100-60 loss to Hopkins. The Northern State signee led the Lake Conference in scoring.

Marcus Brumm of Lakeville South went over the 1,000-point mark in his career this season. The Minnesota-Mankato football signee averaged 17.4 points per game for the Cougars, who are 14-13 after beating crosstown rival Lakeville North in the first round of the playoffs.

Santonio Clay of Richfield averaged 24.6 points and 5.4 caroms per game this season as the Spartans finished 10-15 this year. He scored 42 points against Mahtomedi and had 36 in their season-ending playoff loss against Burnsville Wednesday. Clay, a 6-foot-2 guard, will likely go the JC route.

Jake Lindstrom, a 6-foot junior guard from Park of Cottage Grove, averaged 25.6 points per game and had eight games of 30 points or more. He led the Wolfpack to a 13-14 mark.

Anthony Tucker, a 6-foot-4 guard from Minnetonka, averaged 17.1 points per game as he led the Skippers to a 17-9 mark.

Blake Hoffarber – Hopkins High (Minnesota)
Cole Aldrich – Bloomington Kennedy (Kansas)
Trevor Mbakwe – St. Bernard's (Marquette)
Jon Leuer – Orono High (Wisconsin)
Eric Carlson – Shakopee High (North Dakota State)
Alex Rubin – Robbinsdale Armstrong High (Illinois State)
Armand Battle- Benilde St. Margaret (JR)
Jared Berggren- Princeton (JR committed to Wisconsin)
Jordan Taylor- Benilde St. Margaret (JR committed to Wisconsin)
Royce White- Minneapolis DeLaSalle (SO)
Rodney Williams- Robbinsdale Cooper (SO)
Dennis Williamson- Robbinsdale Cooper (open)
Al Nolen Jr.- Minneapolis Patrick Henry High (Minnesota)  
Andrew Brommer- Rosemount (JR, committed to Minnesota)
Zach Filzen - Northfield (Northern Arizona)
Marty Gregor- Chaska (Northern State)
Marcus Brumm – Lakeville South (Minnesota Mankato football)
Santonio Clay-Richfield (open)
Jake Lindstrom- Park of Cottage Grove (JR)
Anthony Tucker- Minnetonka (JR)
Max Hintz – Woodbury High (open)

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