New York Big Man Has Division One Interest

Reporter Mike Sullivan takes a look at senior big man Marcus Hopper, a prospect from Holy Cross High School in Flushing, New York, who has some division one interest in his skill level ...

Marcus Hopper, the 6-foot-9, 240-pounder from Holy Cross High School in Flushing, New York, continues to make progress both in his skill level and physical abilities to play the low post.

And some division one college basketball programs are showing interest in his ability to play on the next level.

Currently, Hopper has indicated he would like to leave the New York City area and play college basketball.

Next weekend, Marcus plan on visiting the University of Maryland-Baltimore County. Hopper is also indicating interest in Siena and South Carolina.

PREVIOUSLY REPORTED:

Marcus took an unofficial visit to UMBC a few weeks ago. "I enjoyed the visit to UMBC," he said previously. "The campus is nice."

UMBC has already offered a scholarship to Marcus.

Hopper, who will also compete in the IS8 Fall League, had a solid summer, making mark improvements in his offensive game.

b>PREVIOUS EVALUATION OF MARCUS HOPPER:

Marcus is a player worth watching this spring and summer on the AAU circuit due to his physical frame and the willingness to work hard. His head coach at Holy Cross, Paul Gilvary, feels that Hopper is going to make a solid division one player because he picks up things quickly and uses them in game action.

The individual aspects that Hopper has been concentrating on in making improvements are the following: 1. Moving his feet quicker, allowing him to be more effective in his low post moves as well as defending another big man near the rim. 2. More consistency in his shooting, improving the short range jumper.

HOLY CROSS HEAD COACH PAUL GILVARY'S THOUGHTS ON MARCUS HOPPER'S BASKETBALL CHANCES:

"Marcus has a nice frame. He works hard. He knows what he has to do to become a better player. He's a good listener. He's smart and picks up things. So this is great for him in the future.

"He's very coachable, likeable. You want him to succeed because he has such a desire to be a better player. He'll get there. He'll work at making the improvements."

HIS JUNIOR SEASON:

Hopper averaged around a double/double in points and rebounds.

PREVIOUS DESCRIPTION OF MARCUS HOPPER'S INDIVIDUAL GAME:

Marcus has always featured a wide frame, helping him play strong against the big bodies inside the paint. He has strong shoulders and has been making progress with his agility near the basket.


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