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    Default Report: Gophers guard Amir Coffey officially declares for the NBA Draft

    Gophers guard Amir Coffey has announced he intends to fulfill his declaration and enter the NBA Draft, per Evan Daniels. Coffey had until May 29 to determine whether he would return to Minnesota or officially declare. After testing the waters this spring, Coffey decided to forgo his senior season and pursue an opportunity to play at the professional level.

    Last season, Coffey led the Gophers, averaging 16.6 points and 3.2 assists per game. In Minnesota’s ten Big Ten wins, Coffey averaged 23.7 points per game. On the flip side, he posted 12.4 points per game in the Gophers’ 11 Big Ten losses. When Minnesota’s top-scorer was dialed in, it elevated the play of everyone around him. During the final half of the season, Coffey was playing at a very high level, which drew attention from NBA scouts.

    Coffey will now chase a childhood dream – to play in the NBA. His position versatility, ability to handle the ball and size are attractive attributes professional teams like. He is working with Excel Sports Management, one of the top sports agencies representing NBA clients. Coffey participated in the G-League Invite and met with the Nuggets, Hawks, Celtics, Pelicans, Thunder and others, according to Darren Wolfson. He also worked in front of many teams at a recent Pro Day.

    His most recent workouts have gone well and he’s spent extra time working on his jump-shot, according to Marcus Fuller. This is clearly an area where he must develop additional consistency at the next level. Although many top draft analysts are projecting him to go undrafted, Coffey could still pursue an NBA career by following the G-League path. However, a team may be willing to put him on their roster because they like his overall upside.

    With Coffey deciding to declare, the Gophers now have two open recruiting slots for the upcoming season. No matter what, it will be difficult to replace a player with the skills Coffey can provide in the back court. Minnesota will be relying upon Pittsburgh transfer point guard Marcus Carr to make an instant impact. They will also likely need to add one more versatile guard who can handle the ball and play on the wing. Those in the building are very pleased with the progress of Vanderbilt transfer guard Payton Willis and he may become one of the most surprising contributors next season.


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    Amir would have had a monster senior year here and propelled this squad. Happy for him chasing his career, but this is a painful blow as a Gopher fan.

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    Short-sighted decision. Its unfortunate for the both the team and Amir. I wish him all the best, but Amir's reluctance to use his right hand and his lack of consistent perimeter shooting may lead to him never escaping mid-tier European leagues.

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    Rick Rickert pt. 2.

    Good luck to him.

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    Default Report: Gophers guard Amir Coffey officially declares for the NBA Draft

    Maybe there is something to the Coffey hates Pitino talk after all?

    Either way he’s probably looking at the G League or playing overseas.

    Good luck to him.
    Last edited by scools12; 05-29-2019 at 05:52 PM.

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    Bad decision, he'd be lucky to ever even make an NBA rotation

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    G-League is no joke and if you don’t have some success there will be 200+ new players ready to take your spot next year. I wish him the best.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Bad Gopher View Post
    Amir would have had a monster senior year here and propelled this squad. Happy for him chasing his career, but this is a painful blow as a Gopher fan.
    Seconded.

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    Damn. Huge loss. Wonder who the starter will be in his place? Can't see Hurt starting.

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    If Coffey says he's coming back, people would be praising him.

    He says he's not coming back, and immediately people are on here predicting failure.

    It's his life. It's his choice. I think I can say with close to 100% certainty that Coffey's decision-making process did NOT include how Gopher Hole would react.

    I hope he goes on to have a solid career. But, if it doesn't happen, I will not be on here ripping him.

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    Disappointed, but I wish him the best.
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    Bunch sour grapes here.
    I was hoping he returned, but wish young man the best

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    We are "lucky" in a way that we don't have too many guys leave early. Most programs, even mediocre ones, lose guys pretty regularly.

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    It's hard not to be a bit annoyed by this as a Gopher fan. Obviously, it is Amir's choice and I wish him the best but I have yet to see anyone at all (much less anyone notable) even suggest he would be drafted. I hope to see him on the floor in the NBA if not next year then in the near future.

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    Of course people will question the move especially when there is a chance he won’t get drafted. It’s not like he is lotto he may not get drafted and could end up in the Canadian Basketball League. A decision like this is why sports make great water cooler chatter.

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