Catching Up With the Hopsons

Scotty Hopson and his family made the difficult decision to forego the early signing period despite being verbally committed to Mississippi State. Since that time several other schools have made advances towards the talented Hopson.

Scotty Hopson profile

Rumors have circled throughout the season that Scotty had committed to other programs and that he had taken a clandestine trip or two to see some other basketball programs up close. Scotty's mother Jeanette reports that the rumors are untrue.

"We're not going to do anything until after the season," said Jeanette. "We may take a visit or two to go see some other schools or we may stick with Mississippi State. Right now, we're just not sure."

Many of the local residents around Hopkinsville had encouraged Scotty to stay closer to home for his college career.

"People around here have told us that Scotty needed to go to UK or Louisville," said Jeanette. "That's kind of hard to do when those schools are not recruiting you. They have known about Scotty since he was in the tenth grade, but they are just starting to get involved."

The in-state rivals are not the only programs looking to swing Scotty around to their way of thinking.

"Kentucky and Louisville have called. Georgia, Tennessee and Cincinnati have all called us too," said Jeanette. "Those are probably the main five in addition to Mississippi State. Cincinnati came to see Scotty play on Friday. Coach Gilliespie (Kentucky) and Coach Stansbury (Mississippi State) both came to see him play on Senior night. Since he made the McDonald's team everybody seems to want him. Now everybody needs a shooting guard."

One of the biggest concerns Jeanette had going into the season was Scotty's ability to relax and enjoy his senior season without the recruiting side show becoming a major distraction.

"He's been pretty focused," said Jeanette. "On Tuesday he had to sit on the bench due to some foul trouble. He only had four points in the first half. He scored 31 points in the second half and we won the game. He did something that I didn't think he could do and that was take over a game like he did. He really played well."

University Heights will look to keep Hopson focused as they advance in the Kentucky High school playoffs.

"We beat Christian County for the district championship this past Friday," said Jeanette. "We will start the regional either Tuesday or Wednesday. I think we have to win three games to get into the state tournament."

The season will end one way or another in the coming weeks and then and only then will the Hopson family begin to reach a final decision about Scotty's college destination.

"After the season is over, we are going to sit down and talk about things," said Jeanette. "We'll talk about everything then and make a decision."

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