Top-50 prospect Amir Coffey will stay in state, commits to Minnesota

Richard Pitino and his staff are getting things done on the recruiting trail. (USATSI)

Coffey’s for Gophers.

Amir Coffey, a rare example of a top-50 recruit out of Minnesota, has opted to stay in-state and attend the University of Minnesota. The shooting guard/small forward’s announced he’ll play for Richard Pitino’s program come the fall of 2016.

This was a big one for Pitino, who’s had some success two seasons in at Minny. The staff put a big emphasis on landing Coffey, a guard with a reliable left-handed shot from deep and confidence to be aggressive in traffic. Standing 6-foot-6, Coffey, who attends Minnetonka’s Hopkins High, embodies one of the biggest recruiting wins for the Golden Gophers in years. Coffey’s father, Richard, played at Minnesota in the late 1980s.

Minnesota beat out Michigan State, Wisconsin and Indiana, among others. Coffey’s commitment makes Minnesota No. 20 on 247 Sports’ list of best 2016 basketball recruiting classes.

Pitino might have been helped this summer by Coffey’s absence on the recruiting trail. He tore his ACL in January, subsequently missing the spring and summer grassroots basketball touring circuit. Pitino now has Coffey and fellow Minnesota native/small forward Michael Hurt set to enroll next summer.


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