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Amir Coffey, Minnesota's top junior basketball recruit suffers torn ACL


Minnesota highest rated basketball recruit for the Class of 2016 won't play again this season. reports that Hopkins junior forward Amir Coffey suffered a torn anterior cruciate ligament in his left knee on Tuesday night. According to KARE 11, Coffey landed wrong when he came down with a rebound.

Amir is the son of former Gopher standout Richard Coffey, who averaged about eight points and eight rebounds per game during his four-year career with the Gophers (1986-1990). Richard spent one year in the NBA with the Timberwolves (1990-91).

“The next six months will be tough for him,” Richard Coffey said to “We’ve gotten a lot of calls wishing him well. The support Amir’s been receiving has been amazing.”

Coffey is a big-time recruit in the Class of 2016. ESPN's Recruiting Nation ranks him as the 24th best player in that class, and lists him as a four-star recruit. Rivals also gave Coffey four stars and ranked him 44th in his class.

Coffey, as a sophomore last year, hit a 60-foot buzzer beater to lead Hopkins over Lakeville North in the State Tournament semifinals. Here's the video replay.

Here's a list of colleges that have offered the 6-foot-7 forward a scholarship, according to

  • Minnesota
  • Arizona
  • Creighton
  • Indiana
  • Iowa State
  • Miami
  • Michigan State
  • Oregon
  • Penn State
  • Providence
  • Wisconsin
  • Iowa
  • North Carolina
  • Purdue
  • UCLA

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