Popoola adding offers
One of the best defensive guards on the West Coast in 2017 comes from Highland (Utah) Lone Peak in 6-foot-3, 180-pound Christian Popoola, Jr. Popoola is an aggressive defender who has also really improved as a shooter, scorer and creator, giving him the ability to play on and off the ball. He’s played well this spring with the Colorado Hawks and is pleased with how the April Evaluation Period went for him. “This spring has been fun,” Popoola said. “It’s my first year playing 17u basketball so I’m just enjoying it. I have some pieces around me and it’s been a lot of fun.” It’s been an eventful 24 hours for Popoola, who picked up two scholarship offers and also saw his head coach at Lone Peak, Quincy Lewis, get an assistant coaching position at BYU. “There were a lot of tears; it was very bittersweet,” Popoola said of his reaction to Lewis getting the BYU job. “He really made this program what it is today. I’m grateful I had him for the time I did.” BYU has shown interest in Popoola and Lewis going to Provo would only help the Cougars, should they offer him a scholarship. “As soon as coach Lewis goes out there, that’s something I have to take a serious look at,” he said. Popoola entered the spring with scholarship offers from UNLV, Princeton and New Mexico but added to that list on Thursday when USC offered him. “I was really thankful,” Popoola said. “I had seen USC on the sidelines in Indiana but didn’t expect it so when they told me they offered me I was really grateful. “I’ve been around USC for a while. I’ve been to quite a few USC games since my stepdad is an alum there.” Popoola’s offer list grew again on Friday, with San Diego State offering him a scholarship. “I’ve been around the program for a little bit and I love the way they play; they’re fast and I love their style,” he said. “Justin Hutson gave me my first offer at UNLV so I have a good connection with him."