Chandler (Ariz.) Basha guard Jaron Hopkins has collected nine scholarship offers.
USC is one of the latest.
"We were very excited," said Jaron's father, Brian Hopkins. "It's a Pac-12 school and I think Jaron has been playing well enough to deserve those types of offers."
Growing up Hopkins was mostly exposed to basketball at the University of Arizona, however, his father says the Wildcats' scholarship offer shouldn't necessarily be considered a favorite.
"The whole college thing is just now becoming a factor in his life," explained Hopkins, "so I don't think he ever really made that association when watching Arizona play."
At 6'4" and 180 lbs., Hopkins' versatility proves to be one of his strongest traits.
"He can play the one, two, or even three in certain situations," explained Hopkins. "Different schools have looked at him to play one of those positions or all three."
Hopkins' father says he would prefer to play the point at the collegiate level. He's been running the floor since he was just five years old, but understands his versatility is a strong suit when it comes to making an impact as a freshman.
As he continues to mull over his growing list of offers, improving his game is still Hopkins top priority.
"One of his big issues early on was his jump shot," said Hopkins. "That's improved a lot. Obviously we still have a little bit farther to go but it's certainly coming around and is becoming a part of his arsenal."
Hopkins has yet to narrow down his list of nine offers from Arizona, Auburn, Colorado, Colorado State, Nebraska, Penn State, San Francisco, USC, and Washington State.
"We haven't done that yet because we are hoping between now and the end of this summer he'll have more opportunities," said Hopkins. "We can make that decision and start narrowing it down at that point."
Hopkins plans on taking some unofficial visits this summer while traveling the AAU circuit, including a potential stop at USC. When the AAU season wraps up in the fall, he will take his official visits before making a decision.
Hopkins Continues to Collect Offers
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