Blake Hoffarber makes SportsCenter… again

Tonight you may have seen some clips of Blake Hoffarber on ESPN’s SportsCenter. Blake is the guy that hit the insane shot while lying on his back to force double OT in the Minnesota state high school championship three years ago. He was a sophomore at Hopkins High School at the time and won an ESPY for play of the year. I was fortunate enough to be in town for that state championship game and witnessed the shot first hand. I even got a chance to congratulate Blake and Coach Novak, his uncle, after the game.

Blake receives the ball Blake shoots Everyone watches in disbelief Blake scores
Watch a video of the Most Amazing Basketball Shot Ever

Now he is a freshman at the University of Minnesota. Both of these schools are my alma maters. I was a sophomore at Hopkins back in 1993 when Blake was only five years old and one of our ball boys. I remember watching him run around and help get rebounds during warm-ups. I don’t recall for sure when he started to hit three pointers, but and I can remember watching him heave the ball from behind the three point line. He could barely make it to the rim, but he would put his whole body into it.

Now Blake leads the Big Ten in three-point field goal percentage and has a shot at setting a Gopher’s record for most threes in a season. In tonight’s nationally televised game against #9 ranked Indiana he went 2-3 behind the arc including a 4-point play to make his percentage for the season an even 50%.

Great article on ESPN.com published earlier today:
There’s more to Minnesota’s Blake Hoffarber than just trick shot

Blake is a great kid that has put in a lot of hard work. It is nice to see him get rewarded for it. Blake won the 2007 Mr. Basketball award in Minnesota, and he helped Hopkins win two state championships. There were even points in the season last year where Hopkins was ranked in the top 5 teams in the nation according to MaxPreps.com. I see that Hopkins is currently ranked #1 in the state again.

Go Royals and Go Gophers!

Third photo courtesy of Tom Dahlin

4 thoughts on “Blake Hoffarber makes SportsCenter… again

  1. And, I got a phone call from Tim right after that shot.

    “Oh my gosh! Oh my gosh! That was the best finish to a game I’ve ever seen. Oh my gosh! Oh my gosh! No way! Oh my gosh!…”

    I saved the voicemail for as long as my cell phone would keep it. Now I wish I had found a way to archive it and make it available here.

    And as a previous Royal and Gopher… I can relate to the enthusiasm! :D

  2. Tim,

    You went to Hopkins? I went to Armstrong graduated in 1998. That was back when the Armstrong was actually competitive with Hopkins. Now, they get their asses whooped.

    I’m looking forward to the Gopher basketball season coming up. By the way, COMC is amazing. Thanks for giving me a platform to sell my cards.

    • Yep, I graduated in 1996. Armstrong was a huge rival. Blake was a ball boy back then, now he he getting lots of playing time and draining 3′s for the Gophers. This is going to be a fun season.

      You are welcome. I just built something that I wanted to use. I guess I wasn’t the only one. :)

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