Area Big Man Landing Some D-1 Interest

Reporter Mike Sullivan provides a look at the individual game and recruiting process of Holy Cross High School (Flushing, New York) big man Marcus Hopper, who has decided to wait until the spring before signing a letter of intent ...

Marcus Hopper, the 6-foot-9, 240-pounder from Holy Cross High School in Flushing, New York, told us his recruiting list has expanded. He previously stated that he's going to focus on having a good senior year and worry about his recruiting process later.

"I won't be signing in the fall," he said. "I'll do it later."

Marcus is one of the key players this season for Paul Gilvary's highly regarded boy's basketball program.

AREAS OF FOCUS:

Marcus has spent a lot of time working on his inside game, his offensive moves near the basket, improving his foot movement.

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.

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."

SCHOOLS OF INTEREST: Hopper told us that three schools have been added to his recruiting list. "Providence, Fairfield, and Winthrop are now recruiting me," he said. In addition, Siena and UMBC are being seriously considered.

Marcus told us he will wait until the spring before he decides. He hopes to have a big senior season, boosting his status as one of the best big men on the East Coast.

HIS JUNIOR SEASON:

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


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