UNC Monitoring Coffey

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. - After checking out Amir Coffey during his high school season, the UNC coaching staff is still monitoring the 6-6 standout from Minnetonka (Minn.) Hopkins.

“They talked to me after Peach Jam,” said Coffey, a class of 2016 prospect. “They’ve been calling and texting and keeping in contact. They are watching me and they like what I’m doing. They told me to keep working hard and they would stay in touch.”

Last week, Coffey played in the Peach Jam with the Minnesota based Howard Pulley AAU program. The team went 1-4 in pool play with Coffey averaging 9 points and 4.5 rebounds per game, which included a 14-point, 10-rebound performance in the lone win.

“I think I progressed throughout the EYBL,” said Coffey. “Once we got the team chemistry down, I started playing a lot better. We didn’t get the record we wanted at Peach Jam, but as a team we played good and I did alright.”

This past week his sole goal was to make the USA U17 team and follow in the footsteps of his older sister Sydney, who won a gold medal last year playing for the U19 World Championships. Coffey more than held his own in the training camp and was active on the offensive end, hitting corner three-pointers and getting out in transition for dunks.

“It’s gone pretty well, a lot better than (Day 1),” noted Coffey. “The energy level is up and everyone is competing. It’s always great to go against a lot of the top guys. I’m familiar with some from EYBL, but not all of them. My court vision and passing skills are my strengths and I’m just trying to get everyone involved.”

When the list of 32 campers was trimmed to 17 finalists on Saturday, Coffey did not make the cut.

On the recruiting front, Coffey is taking it slow.

“I don’t have any plans for visits right now,” said Coffey. “After I’m done with the USA (training camp), I’ll probably sit down with my dad and start having discussions. Off the top of my head some of the schools recruiting me the hardest are Wisconsin, Michigan, Miami, Minnesota, a lot of the Big 10 and some of the ACC schools.”

While Coffey is currently being pursued primarily by regional programs he does have ties to the Tar Heel state.

“My dad is actually from North Carolina,” said Coffey. “It’s a great school. I grew up watching them so they were my favorite school. I like all the players. Michael Jordan, I mean I wasn’t alive, but he went there. I watched (Ty) Lawson and (Wayne) Ellington a lot.”

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