Hopson Looks Ahead

Scotty Hopson made the decision to commit to Mississippi State back during October. A lot of water has passed under the bridge since that time and several other schools are still pursuing the Bluegrass State's best.

Scotty Hopson Profile

"I felt our season was alright," said Scotty. "I felt we kind of underachieved. We could have done some more things as far as getting better. All in all, it went well. I had a lot of fun with my teammates and my coaches."

Scotty averaged 21 points and 11 rebounds per contest, but he felt he had more of an impact by improving on some of his intangible qualities.

"I improved my toughness a lot," said Hopson. "I am working on being more of a leader on the floor. I was really focusing on my leadership skills this season."

Hopson was able to sharpen his ability to lead due to some early season adversity.

"It was tough, but there wasn't a lot of friction," explained Scotty. "It was more about us coming together as a team and all of us learning our roles. Once we learned to play as a team we made a little run. We had some mental lapses during some of the games and that cost us."

Scotty is still being pursued by Kentucky, Memphis and Tennessee among others, but he reports his commitment is still firm to Mississippi State.

"Things are going very well with them," said Scotty. "I am really looking forward to going to Mississippi State, that's what I am stuck on right now. I am sticking with them."

Hopson got to see his future teammates cut down the nets this past weekend after a decisive win over SEC West rival Alabama.

"I watched a little bit of the game this weekend," said Hopson. "I was in the gym for most of the first half, but I got to see the end. It was pretty much a blow out."

Scotty has a connection through his AAU team with the Delk twins, Barry Stewart and Jarvis Varnado. He believe the chemistry the group has already had the chance to develop will only help him at the next level.

"I think I am going to fit in pretty well," said Scotty. "I am expecting to go in and get some quality minutes, but I know I am not going to be given anything. I am going to work hard for it. I am excited about it. They are winning now and when I get there my plan is to help the team win even more games."

Scotty will be paying close attention to the SEC tournament this week.

"I think they are going to do fine," said Scotty. "The SEC is kind of wild this year. They have a lot of teams beating each other, so any team can win it. I want to see Mississippi State win. They are my future team, so I am hoping for the best for them."

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