Amir Coffey Goes Undrafted

The Gophers Men’s basketball program hasn’t produced a draft pick since 2004.

by John Miller

In what was a controversial choice for Gopher basketball star Amir Coffey to enter the 2019 NBA Draft, he went undrafted last night. 

The 6-foot-8 small forward chose to forego his senior year to pursue a NBA career. Coffey was an integral part of the Gophers program during the 2018-2019 season. He helped the Gophers reach the NCAA tournament for the second time in three years. The Gophers leading scorer averaged 16.6 points per game and was named to the All-Big Ten third team.

The Hopkins Minnesota native will likely be starting in the NBA Developmental League, now known as the G-League, before he earns his way onto a NBA roster. Coffey was a two-time Big Ten Player of the week during this past season, and often played point guard due to Marcus Carr having his transfer denied by the NCAA and highly recruited prep prospect Isiah Washington not living up to lofty expectations after two years with the program. Washington transferred Iona after the season. 

Many thought that Coffey could have boosted his draft stock if he stayed in Minnesota for his senior season and helped take them back to the NCAA Tournament. It was hard to find a mock draft projecting Coffey to be picked and many prospects rankings had him ranked near the bottom. 

Coffey falling out of the draft means the University of Minnesota has not produced an NBA Draft pick since Kris Humphries was selected in the lottery (14th overall) in the 2004 NBA Draft.