Louisville after in-state star Scotty Hopson?

Rick Pitino has just one recruited scholarship player on his roster from the state of Kentucky. That might change with a few nationally ranked prospects emerging in the Bluegrass' Class of 2008. One player, 6'5 Scotty Hopson recently visited Louisville and picked up a scholarship offer. Is Louisville in hot pursuit of the athletic forward?

Rick Pitino has just one recruited scholarship player (Terrance Farley) on his roster from the state of Kentucky.

Why is that you might ask? It's pretty simple really. Except for Rajon Rondo and Chris Lofton, the Commonwealth simply hasn't produced a lot of top notch hoops talent in recent years.

The Class of 2008, however, could change that. Mason County's Darius Miller, a 6'6 forward, ranks as one of the top 50 prospects in his class. Scott County's Bud Mackey, a 6'2 guard, will also play at the high major level. But the highest rated prospect is Scotty Hopson, a 6'5 small forward from University Heights in Hopkinsville.

"He's one of those dudes who slipped under the shoe camp radar but is terrific," Scout.com recruiting analyst Dave Telep said. "Hopson pushed 6-6 and can score. Right now he favors attacking the rim but there's little doubt he can shoot it and he rebounds his position. At the minimum he's a top-50 talent."

According to Hopson, Louisville recently offered a scholarship. Could U of L add another Bluegrass standout to their roster in the near future?

"They offered," Hopson said. "I took an unofficial visit there about a month ago before school started. I liked it. They've sent me a couple of letter since then, but I really haven't heard from them since."

Besides his recent trip to Louisville, Hopson has also made an extended tour through the Southeastern Conference.

"I've been to Tennessee, Mississippi State and Vanderbilt," Hopson said. "We're talking about going to Clemson. I liked Mississippi State a lot."

Hopson has been a popular person during the fall evaluation period. Cincinnati head coach Mick Cronin and Mississippi State coach Rick Stansbury have been in recently to see Hopson workout. Vanderbilt, Ohio State, Kentucky and Minnesota sent assistants to his high school. UK assistant Reggie Hanson represented the Wildcats, who have offered. "I'm interested in Kentucky," Hopson said. Clemson, Alabama and Tennessee are all supposed to check in this week.

"I'm looking for style of play, what coach can get the most out of me and somewhere I can get a lot of minutes," Hopson said. "I want to play in an up-tempo system because I like to fast break."

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