Hopkins' Recruitment Wide Open

Jaron Hopkins, a guard out of Chandler, AZ, is starting to garner more Pac-12 offers as he heads into the summer basketball season...

2013 shooting guard Jaron Hopkins is going to be patient throughout the summer in regard to his college decision, according to his father Brian.

"He hasn't really trimmed down his list," Brian Hopkins said. "Our plans are just to play through the summer. I don't think trimming down the list prior to that is smart, just because we don't know yet who's going to end up offering, and if an offer comes, we might be in the position of having to re-evaluate after the summer anyway."

Hopkins, an Arizona native, was recently offered by Arizona, and also collected an offer from USC recently, but his father says that there's no real favorite right now. Interestingly, he also said that there's no specific offer they're waiting on.

"He's got enough to choose from now," Brian Hopkins said. "If it came down to it, this list would be fine. But, really, you never know. He could still get more offers."

UCLA, Kansas, Georgetown, and Tulsa are all schools that have expressed interest without offering yet. A big thing that Hopkins is hearing is that a lot of schools want to see how he does this summer.

Hopkins can play any of the 1, 2 or 3, but prefers to play either the 1 or 2, and most schools are recruiting him as a guard.

In terms of a time table, his father says that they'd prefer to get the decision out of the way before the start of the high school season, so he'd be a candidate to sign during the early signing period.

Academically, Hopkins is in good enough shape that he's started to hear significantly from Stanford and Harvard, who are both waiting on his final transcripts and ACT scores.

"He's good, grades-wise," Brian Hopkins said. "Stanford is waiting on his scores. Harvard, I know they like him a lot, and they've really recruited him well. I think they're waiting to see what we do as far as official visits, but they're on our list now."

In terms of official visits, the only trips that his father confirmed they'd likely be taking were a trip to Washington in September, and a trip to Arizona at some point soon. He said that even that could change, though, depending on how the recruitment plays out over the summer.

His summer schedule is also starting to fill up, with a trip to Indianapolis for the Adidas Invitational and a trip to the Super 64 in Vegas in late July.

Bruin Report Online Top Stories