Lockett, who was a sixth man last season, helped lead the Royals to a 26-2 mark last year.
Hopkins won the Class AAAA (biggest schools) title in 2005 and 2006 and was the favorite to win it all last year before they were upset by crosstown rival Minnetonka 55-53 in the second round of the section playoffs. They had not been challenged during the regular season as their closest game against a Minnesota opponent was an 11-point win.
Lockett averaged 7.5 points per game last season and had six double-figure efforts, including 17 points against Minneapolis Roosevelt and Milwaukee Lutheran.
Lockett will be counted on more heavily with the graduation of guards Blake Hoffarber (25.2 points per game), who is at Minnesota and Tyler Nicolai (12.4), who is at Division III St. Thomas, and center Chris Pfeifer, who is at Division II Concordia St. Paul. Novak is expected to see improved play from his big man this season.
"He has made real strides," he said.
Novak said that Lockett has gotten plenty of attention from college coaches during the past two weeks during open gyms.
"Tubby Smith and the entire Minnesota coaching staff was here Tuesday and (Wisconsin head coach) Bo Ryan was there on Wednesday," he said. "Arizona State was there earlier in the week and Iowa will be in on Tuesday."
Watts expects Lockett's offer list to grow this upcoming week.
"Iowa's head coach is coming in on Tuesday and they will likely offer. Arizona State's head coach Herb Sendek is coming in for the second time and will likely offer.
Minnesota has been actively watching Lockett and could extend an offer, something Watts think is a bit overdue.
"I think that it would be in their best interest to offer him. I told them you can't get him if you don't offer him."
Watts said that Minnesota has appealed to his standout player.
"He went on his first unofficial visit in early June and really liked Tubby.
He went to the Elite camp and attended the Minnesota-Miami of Ohio football
Watts said that several other high profile programs have contacted him recently about Lockett
"John Mahoney from Michigan and Josh Pastner from Arizona called. Lew Hill from UNLV called. Trent made an unofficial vist to UNLV when he was out there for an AAU tournament.
Hopkins traditionally faces one of Minnesota's toughest schedule and will
play in the Timberwolves Shootout in January.