Hopkins Emerges as 2013 Talent

Class of 2013 point guard Jaron Hopkins showed a lot of ability and upside at the recent Tournament of Champions.

Coaches are always looking for players with a lot of versatility. Then when you add a high motor, a developing skill set, and an excellent academic record to that versatility, and that is the making for a highly recruited player. Arizona native Jaron Hopkins is someone who falls into that category.

For a point guard Hopkins has excellent size. He is 6-foot-3 with a long wing span and the desire to be a dominant defender. Sometimes Hopkins can get overlooked by his more talked about classmate at Chandler (Az.) Basha High School, Torren Jones, but now Hopkins is making a major name for himself.

"I think I have been playing alright," said Hopkins about the impressive start to his sophomore season. "My shot hasn't been falling, so I am just trying to get my teammates involved and penetrate and dish."

With that strong play has come some increased recruiting interest from schools on the West Coast. At this point he doesn't have a scholarship offer, but several schools are picking up their recruitment of him.

"I am getting letters and calls from Stanford, New Mexico State, Oregon State, UTEP, Arizona, and Arizona State," said Hopkins.

Academics have been a guiding force for Hopkins his entire life, and already he maintains a GPA above 4.0 due to the fact that he has excelled in honors and advanced placement level classes.

Not surprisingly, Hopkins is going to take a long look at the academics at a school before he makes any kind of final decision.

"I have to pick which school is the best place for me," said Hopkins. "I will be looking for a school with good academics that will bring the best out of me on the floor."

Hopkins has made great strides recently and has developed a little mid-range floater in the lane that he converts with either hand. Now he knows he needs to continue to extend his range to take his game to the next level.

"Obviously I have to keep my grades up and keep doing what I do on the basketball court and just keep working on my outside shot," said Hopkins about what he is looking to improve on.

After growing four inches in the past two years, Hopkins looks to have more growth left in him physically and on the basketball court.

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