Holy Cross High School Big Man Has D-1 Looks

Reporter Mike Sullivan provides a look at the individual game and recruiting process of Holy Cross High School big man Marcus Hopper, who might take another campus visit ...

Marcus Hopper, the 6-foot-9, 240-pounder from Holy Cross High School in Flushing, New York, told us he hopes to take more campus trips in the future. "I'm thinking about visiting Siena," he said.

Marcus previously took a campus visit to the University of Maryland-Baltimore County.

WHAT MARCUS HOPPER SAID ABOUT HIS VISIT TO UMBC:

"I saw more of the school and learned more about the academics and basketball program," he said. "I had a very good time."

PREVIOUSLY REPORTED:

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

He said he's also interested in Siena and South Carolina.

Marcus, who is currently playing 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.


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