Blake Hoffarber Poised for Junior Season

Blake Hoffarber, a 6-foot-4, 210-pound junior guard, saw his usually reliable outside shot fail him at times last year as he shot 34.1% from three-point range and he started Big Ten conference play making just seven of 37 three-pointers. However, Hoffarber had a strong summer in the Howard Pulley League and is poised for a big 2009-10 season. GoldenSportsa.Net recently caught up with Hoffarber.

Blake Hoffarber averaged 6.4 points and 2.7 rebounds per game last season. He made 45 three-pointers after setting a Minnesota freshman record with 70. Hoffarber had a strong summer, playing for the B-2-X team in the Howard Pulley Summer League. He showed off his outside shot, but demonstrated his underrated passing and rebounding skills. Hoffarber felt that his strong play this summer gave him confidence for the upcoming season.

"I think that it helped a lot. I was working on more parts of my game in that league. I was showing people that I can do a little more. I played with Rodney Williams and Dominique Dawson on my team. I got to play with them, so I could jell with them a bit and see how they play, so it can help us at the beginning of the year."

Hoffarber scored in double figures in six of his first eleven games, but reached that mark just once in the final 21 games. Hoffarber admits that opposing teams were well aware of where he was on the court last season.

"I think that is what happened last year. People were flying out at me and staying close to me, because they knew I could make that outside shot. I was looking at film this summer and realizing what I could do, using my shot fake and stuff like that. Just where on the court that I could be to get away from them and get that little amount of space. Hopefully, I can show that this year."

Hoffarber wants to show that he is not just a "one-trick" pony.

"I think that people just see me as the shooter or whatever. I kind of want to show people that I am more than that and I have more facets to my game, like passing and getting the team to play together better. It is a good thing when your teammates want to play with you."

Hoffarber has high expectations for what some observers feel could be the Gophers' most a athletic team ever.

"I think that we have a lot of returning players from last year and we have some good players coming in as freshman, so I think that is a great recipe for success. Hopefully, we can keep working hard in practice every day and jelling as a team and hopefully like all coaches and teams, we can play the best basketball at the end of the year and improve on last year. I think that is one of the main things that we are focusing on. We just want to improve from the previous year."

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