"They came up to a game early in the season," Richard Coffey – Amir's father – said. "One of their assistant coaches came up about a month ago. It was funny because no one knew he was coming and he just showed up and introduced himself. Amir had a great game that game."
"Then I was very surprised to see Roy Williams back in the gym a month later," he added. "What that told me was the assistant must have been very impressed with the way Amir played and what he did on the basketball court, to get Roy Williams back up here two days before they played Duke.
With Williams looking on, Coffey, a 6-foot-6 guard, scored 20 points and tossed out eight assists, while punching Hopkins's ticket to the state tournament.
Coffey said they haven't talked to the North Carolina staff, but it's been made clear to them that the Tar Heels have strong interest in his son.
"The first time we saw them was about a month ago when they came up to see him play," Coffey said. "He must have been on their radar because they came up. I didn't call the coach or anything. I didn't reach out to him or anything. Then Roy Williams was back up."
"I think their interest is pretty strong," Coffey added. "They can't talk to you at all right now. But word got back to me that [Roy Williams] was really impressed with Amir and he really liked him and they are going to be in touch soon."
To go with the interest from North Carolina, Coffey currently has scholarship offers from Iowa State, Minnesota, Indiana, Kansas State, Creighton and Miami. Iowa State was the first to offer Coffey, back in the eighth grade.
The elder Coffey played at Minnesota, so his son grew up following Minnesota.
"He grew up in the Gopher program and going to camps and stuff like that," he said. "What I've been doing with him is the same I'm doing with my daughters, who play D-1 ball. One is at Marist and the other is at University of Northwestern.
"I'm looking for the best school for them," Coffey said. "If that's Minnesota then that's where he'll be. But it it's Miami, Indiana or North Carolina, wherever that's where he'll go. I don't want him to feel like he has to go to the U because I played there. He has to find the best fit where he can use his talent and ability."
Coffey and his father took an unofficial visit to Minnesota on Sunday.
"They are all over him," he said about Minnesota. "They really like him a lot."
While there is clearly a strong connection to Minnesota, there is one to the state of North Carolina as well. Richard grew up in North Carolina and has followed the Tar Heels since he was a kid.
"I'm originally from North Carolina," Coffey said. "I grew up a Tar Heel. If you're from North Carolina you're either a Tar Heel or a Blue Devil. I was a Tar Heel. So, yeah, that's a school that Amir likes. The ACC conference is a great conference. He likes Miami as well. They have offered him."
On the court, Coffey is having a strong sophomore season and was recently named to the All-Metro First-Team, which also includes five-star guard Tyus Jones, four-star power forward Reid Travis and Xavier-bound J.P. Macura.
"That's big, because the other guys were also seniors," Coffey said. "He was the only underclassman of the bunch."
Coffey is currently averaging 18 points and six assists a game. He is ranked the No. 10 prospect in the class of 2016 by Scout.com
"What I'm excited about when it comes to Amir, he's leading his team in scoring and assists," Coffey said. "He's shooting the three ball well. He penetrates and kicks. He always gets his teammates involved. Right now he plays four different positions. He plays the one through the four. It's the versatility that he has."
Coffey will spend the spring and summer playing with Howard Pulley on the Nike EYBL circuit. The EYBL tips in Sacramento the weekend of April 26th.
by Brian Snow
"It is tough to put him at just one position on the floor, Coffey is that versatile and confident. At 6-foot-6 with long arms he plays point guard, and also at times will go to the block and be a center or power forward. A lefty with point guard skills, Coffey can play every position in the backcourt and is athletic enough to guard all over. His skillset is ridiculous for a kid his age, and he has a great understanding of the game. The scary thing is he is just now figuring out how good he is, and the sky is the limit." (July, 2013)