Ponies Land Local Talent!

Bryan Hopkins, one of the top point guards in the Class of 2002, reached a decision on Wednesday. After visiting just two schools – SMU and Texas – Hopkins opted to stay in-state and will play his basketball not too far from home.

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Bryan Hopkins has been a target of the SMU Mustangs for the last three years. He goes to school at Dallas (TX) Lincoln and resides 15 minutes from the Southern Methodist campus.

On Wednesday, our sources confirmed that he called the SMU basketball office and told Mike Dement and his staff that he intends on playing basketball for the Mustangs. The commitment is huge for the Mustangs who needed to fill the point guard position that Damon Hancock will vacate this season.

Hopkins visited SMU a few weeks ago and Texas last weekend. He was scheduled to take a trip to Georgia Tech this weekend and was also considering Arkansas and Oklahoma State.

For the Ponies, this is a big-time score. Hopkins, ranked No. 36 in the class, is the highest-rated recruit to commit to the Mustangs since Jeryl Sasser who is presently a rookie with the Orlando Magic.

In a year where in-state prospects are selecting out of state programs, Hopkins was key to the Mustangs recruiting efforts. His summer performances convinced the big timers that he was capable of playing a point guard role while being a scorer. The result was a litany of programs getting involved in early to mid-July. But, it was SMU that had been there the longest and most consistent and in the end, that proved to be very important.

More later on this developing story.

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