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Legacy top 50 recruit Amir Coffey stays in-state at Minnesota

Throughout his brief tenure as head coach at Minnesota, Richard Pitino has worked to build the roster to fit his goal and style of play, which hasn’t been an easy transition. Additionally, while the Gophers have picked up players at the back end of the top 100, they still haven’t truly landed an elite prospect. That changed on Monday, though, as 6′-7″ wing Amir Coffey, a top 50 player nationally, picked Minnesota.

Coffey is a legacy recruit to Minnesota, following his father (Richard Coffey) to the program. He reportedly had offers from blueblood programs such as Arizona and Texas, and was also tendered by numerous Big Ten powerhouses before staying in-state.

A long thin talent at the wing, Coffey was beset his junior season by an ACL injury. Should he remain healthy and continue to add strength to his frame, he is likely undervalued nationally. His forte is using his skill game and significant height advantage over opposing wings to create a mismatch.

Minnesota now has two pledges in the 2016 recruiting cycle, as in-state forward Michael Hurt also cast his lot with the Gophers.

Minnesota Scholarship Grid

Point GuardsDarin Haugh (Sr)Nate Mason (Sr)Isaiah Washington (So)Isaiah Washington (Jr)
Nate Mason (Jr)Isaiah Washington (Fr)
WingsAkeem Springs (Sr)Ahmad Gilbert (Jr)Ahmad Gilbert (Sr)Amir Coffey (Sr)
Ahmad Gilbert (So)Dupree McBrayer (Jr)Dupree McBrayer (Sr)Jamir Harris (Jr)
Dupree McBrayer (So)Amir Coffey (So)Amir Coffey (Jr)
Amir Coffey (Fr)Jamir Harris (Fr)Jamir Harris (So)
PostsReggie Lynch (Jr)Bakary Konate (Sr)Jordan Murphy (Sr)Eric Curry (Sr)
Bakary Konate (Jr)Gaston Diedhiou (Sr)Eric Curry (Jr)Michael Hurt (Sr)
Gaston Diedhiou (Jr)Davonte Fitzgerald (Sr)Michael Hurt (Jr)
Davonte Fitzgerald (Jr)Reggie Lynch (Sr)
Jordan Murphy (So)Jordan Murphy (Jr)
Eric Curry (Fr)Eric Curry (So)
Michael Hurt (Fr)Michael Hurt (So)

About K.J. Hassenstab

K.J. Hassenstab is the publisher of the College Basketball Newcomers Guide book and He founded in 2009, and has contributed to SlamOnline, Dime Magazine's, and, along with other publications in the past. Hassenstab has covered grassroots, high school and basketball recruiting for over a decade. Follow on Twitter, @Hoopniks.

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