Minnesota signee Amir Coffey eager for Jordan Brand Classic

Minnesota signee Amir Coffey eager for Jordan Brand Classic

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Minnesota signee Amir Coffey eager for Jordan Brand Classic


Amir Coffey led Hopkins to the 6A state title in Minnesota, the first crown the usually dominant program has won since 2011.

His college destination is within his home state, having signed with the University of Minnesota.

But before he becomes a Gopher, Coffey will be on his way to New York to take part in the Jordan Brand Classic. Coffey received an honorary banner Wednesday as part of the Jordan Brand Classic Senior Night Tour presented by American Family Insurance.

The game is April 15 at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn.

“This is my first nationl all-star game and playing in a game with all these guys is probably the most exciting thing I’ve accomplished so far,” he told news reporters. “Some of the best players in the world played in this game when they were in high school — Carmelo, Durant, all those guys — so it’s pretty cool.

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Coffey, a 6-7 small forward, is ranked as the No. 32 player overall in the ESPN 100 and in the top 10 at his position.

The state title capped a tumultuous time in which he missed most of his junior season with a torn knee ligament and then pushed through injuries as a senior, including a banged-up tailbone suffered in the state quarterfinals.

Despite the pain, Coffey went out and scored 19 points with six rebounds and three assists in a 64-55 victory against Lakeville North in the state title game.

“I worked hard to get back with a lot of physical therapy and working hard in the gym with weight training and getting better as a player,” he said. ” (When I was rehabbing) I imagined some of the success but not as much as I’ve had.”


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