Hopson and Edmondson Shine In All "A" Classic

Scotty Hopson and his teammate Tyshawn Edmondson combined for 51 points against St. Henry in the first round of the All "A" Classic on Thursday.

Behind a big effort from Scotty Hopson, Hopkinsville (Ky.) University Heights Academy got a 76-50 win over St. Henry in the first round of the All "A" Classic held at Eastern Kentucky University.

Hopson exploded out of the gate and hit his first five shots, including a three-pointer. Known as a big time athlete, Hopson used his athleticism to snag rebounds, block shots and finish in the lane.

He attacked the basket and often times pulled up for a 12-foot jumpers or dropped in a sweet floater. For the game Hopson, who is ranked No. 11 overall by Scout.com, went 11-for-14 from the field scoring 28 points. He also grabbed 12 rebounds.

Following the game Hopson and his coach discussed the recruiting process. At this point there isn't much new information, but he did say he plans to look at his recruitment more following the high school season.

"After the season I'm going to take some looks at a few different colleges and I'm going to keep Mississippi State in the mix, but after the season I'm going to make a decision," Hopson said.

Tennessee, Louisville and Cincinnati are among the schools involved, while Kentucky, according to Hopson, has not contacted him recently.

"Mississippi State is still involved and I think he'll look at a few other people," UHA coach Randy McCoy said. "We've had calls from all of the major schools, but I think he has a mindset and he's looking to go to a place where he knows he's going to get better."

Hopson said: "I'm blocking it all out and letting my family take care of it and I'm just going out and having fun."

Although Hopson gets majority of the attention for University Heights, he's not the only division-1 prospect on the team. Tyshawn Edmondson is slowly emerging as a quality combo guard and he's certainly worthy of some looks.

In the win over St. Henry, Edmondson went for 23 points, 8 rebounds and 5 assists. The 6-foot-3, 170-pounder shot the ball well from the field and showed off his hops as he recorded a number of impressive dunks.

"I think I played alright," Edmondson said. "I was just encouraging the team and making sure the team played well. I was trying to get Scotty the ball as much as possible and do what we needed to do."

At this point Edmondson said he holds scholarship offers from Eastern Kentucky, Western Kentucky and Georgetown (Ky.).

University Heights plays in the second round of the All "A" Classic Friday night at 6:30 against Bishop Brossart.

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