When Hopson, an athletic 6'5 guard from Hopkinsville, Kentucky, didn't sign with Mississippi State last month during the early signing period despite having given the Bulldogs a verbal commitment the wheels were set in motion for an interesting recruiting drama.
What will Hopson ultimately decide? Does Mississippi State still have a chance in the spring? Will home state Louisville or Kentucky emerge as the favorite in the next few months? What about Tennessee and Cincinnati?
Who knows with Hopson. Mum has been the word from him the past few weeks. It's clear Rick Pitino and Billy Gillispie are highly interested. Pitino dispatched assistant Steve Masiello last week to watch Hopson play in Lexington. Recently, Pitino made contact with University Heights' star guard.
Hopson played Saturday at the Marshall Country Hoopfest in Benton, Kentucky. He scored 25 points to lead his team to a 56-50 victory over Lafayette. Here is Dave Telep's report from the Marshall County Hoopfest:
Some behind the scenes scoop on Scotty Hopson reveals that Kentucky is definitely pushing hard along with Tennessee and Louisville. Hopson's mother said Tennessee was coming the strongest. Rick Pitino called the other day and mom indicated Kentucky, Ohio State, Cincinnati and Clemson were making inquiries. There's no question that Mississippi State remains a factor. "We might still go to Mississippi State," Hopson's mother said. "It's a big decision and that's why we're going to wait until the spring."
This one is setting up to provide enough winter drama for everyone involved. Bruce Pearl was in the house and Cincinnati dispatched an assistant. The game was played in the early afternoon when many of the schools could not attend because of their own games.