Fenwick’s Bryce Hopkins goes up for two against Leo. | Worsom Robinson/For the Sun-Times
With so many high-major programs in heavy pursuit, Fenwick junior Bryce Hopkins could have certainly let his recruitment play out as he sorted through all the intriguing options.
Kansas had recently offered. Texas, Missouri and nearly all of the Big Ten were heavily involved. Hopkins could have milked it for all it’s worth, created headlines and let the drama play out.
But there was one school that stood out to Hopkins early on and, in his mind, there was no reason to wait it out.
Hopkins, the powerful yet highly-skilled 6-6 forward, committed to Louisville and coach Chris Mack Sunday night.
Hopkins had already made three trips to the Louisville campus, including an official visit this past weekend, and felt no need to wait.
“The coaches are great, very genuine and easy to talk to,” says Hopkins. “When I’ve been down there the players have been great to me, and I love the basketball atmosphere and tradition there. Playing in the ACC was big for me. It’s a high-level basketball conference with great exposure.”
— Bryce Hopkins (@BryceHopkins24) November 11, 2019
After putting up some whopping numbers as a sophomore –– Hopkins averaged 23 points and had six games of 30-plus points –– the rise was quick. Last December he started to receive high-major offers, and they kept coming as he played out his sophomore season.
But Hopkins admits the recruiting process was starting to wear him down.
“It was becoming a little overwhelming for me,” says Hopkins of a recruitment that was really starting to heat up. “I found the place I loved and a place I felt very comfortable. I knew I found a home there and couldn’t go wrong.”
Hopkins is now among the top 75 players in the country and is expected to continue to rise as he heads into his junior campaign.
In addition to a strong basketball I.Q. and natural feel and instincts for the game, Hopkins is a matchup nightmare with his combination of size, strength and skill. He’s able to overpower defenders with his body and can step away with his much-improved jumper and shooting touch.
“I’m pretty relieved to have it over with,” Hopkins said of his recruitment. “Now I can concentrate on my season and work to get better.”
Source:: Chicago Sun Times