Trent Lockett, who was a sixth man last season, helped lead the Royals to a 26-2 mark last year. He averaged 7.5 points per game last season and had six double-figure efforts, including 17 points against Minneapolis Roosevelt and Milwaukee Lutheran.
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 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. Hopkins traditionally faces one of Minnesota's toughest schedules and will play in the Timberwolves Shootout in January.
Arizona State head coach Herb Sendek, Iowa State head coach Greg McDermott and assistant T.J. Otzelberger, Rice assistant coach Marty Gillespie, Wisconsin Green Bay's head coach, Iowa head coach Todd Lickliter and assistant Chad Walthall, North Dakota State associate head coach David Richman and Minnesota assistant Vince Taylor were in attendance September 25th at a Hopkins open gym that GoldenSports.net attended.
Lockett received scholarship offers from Northern Iowa, Wisconsin Green Bay, Colorado State, Iowa State, Arizona State, Marquette and Wisconsin.
Minnesota had not offered Lockett a scholarship, but the Gophers were watching him closely. They had already offered Minnesota juniors Royce White and Rodney Williams. They are also recruiting Wisconsin juniors Johnnie Lacy, Luke Russell and Jamil Wilson, and Chicago guards Diamond Taylor and Chris Colvin are high on their wish list from the Class of 2009.
Trent Lockett Commits to Arizona State
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