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Coffey to enter NBA draft, done with Gopher hoops

The 6-foot-8 Coffey, who was the primary point guard for the Gophers last season, averaged 16.6 points, 3.6 rebounds and 3.2 assists.
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Amir Coffey stepped up to score 10 points in the final minute to lead the Gophers to an 77-72 overtime victory over Penn State in the Big 10 tourney.

MINNEAPOLIS — Minnesota scoring leader Amir Coffey will skip his senior season and stay in the NBA draft pool.

Coffey's agent, Javon Phillips, confirmed the decision Wednesday night, the deadline for players to withdraw from the draft and return to their schools.

Gophers head coach Richard Pitino thanked Coffey for his service in a Twitter post Thursday and wished him the best. 

The 6-foot-8 Coffey, who was the primary point guard for the Gophers after playing on the wing his first two years, averaged 16.6 points, 3.6 rebounds and 3.2 assists as a junior. He was a third team All-Big Ten selection for Minnesota, which lost to Michigan State in the second round of the NCAA Tournament.

Coffey, a standout at Hopkins High School in the Twin Cities area, was one of three Minnesota natives in the starting lineup for the Gophers this season. The NBA draft is June 20.