KOTB Spotlight: Scotty Hopson

LOUISVILLE, Ky. – One of the main attractions at the King of the Bluegrass is Scotty Hopson and the 6-foot-6 highly touted wing raced out of the gates, but his squad stumbled to a victory.

Scotty Hopson, a standout at Hopkinsville (Ky.) University Heights, had 9 points and 5 rebounds in the first quarter against Adair County, but he didn't get many shots from then on. He did, however, finish with an impressive 18 points, 12 rebounds, 6 steals and 5 assists.

"We got the win today and that's something we always focus on," Hopson said following his teams 65-63 win. "We didn't play up to our potential, but the outcome was good and we got the win."

Despite being a top 10 prospect and a future McDonald's All-American, there are often times when Hopson isn't involved in University Height's half court offense, due to ill advised shots and lack of ball movement.

"It just makes me go get the ball more and makes me want to get more involved," he said. "It helps me out as a player and I just have to make smart decisions on the floor and make sure I go get the ball. I'm the type of player that can do more things than just score."

Hopson Goes For 18 and 12
Although he's known for his athleticism and scoring ability, Hopson was quick to point out that he brings a lot more to the table than just points. Against Adair County, he even switched to the point guard spot to stay more involved.

"I told coach that there were a few things we needed to switch up in order for us to get this win," Hopson said. "He agreed on giving me the ball and letting me do some more things to help myself out and the whole team. Luckily that worked out and we got the win."

"He's playing pretty good for me and I'd like him to play better and I think that will happen," University Heights coach Randy McCoy said. "He's making our team better and that's the mark of a great player, someone that makes everyone around him better."

Hopson also discussed his recruiting situation. Just a month and a half ago he opted not to sign with Mississippi State, as he wanted to insure that he was making the best decision.

"Mississippi State is what I'm looking forward to right now," Hopson said. "But I just want to take some more visits and make sure that, that is the best decision for me."

"Right now we haven't made a top list, so I'm not sure where I want to visit," he continued.

Although Hopson didn't mention any schools by name, Tennessee, Louisville, and Kentucky are three of the schools involved, according to sources. At this point Hopson is focused on the season and is letting his family handle his recruitment.

"My family and everybody have been supportive of me and are just telling me to play basketball and work on my academics this season," Hopson said. "When the time comes for me to make my decision I'll make a good one."

"They tell me there are a lot of calls coming through. I think about it every now and then and it's still on the back of my mind, but right now it's my senior season and I'm looking forward to it."

Hopson doesn't have a time frame for when he plans to make his final college decision.

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