Holy Cross HS Big Man Having Solid Season

Reporter Mike Sullivan takes a look at the individual game of Holy Cross high school senior big man Marcus Hopper, who is being counted on to have a solid season for Paul Gilvary's boy's basketball program ...

Marcus Hopper, the 6-foot-9, 240-pounder from Holy Cross High School in Flushing, New York, is off to a solid senior season start. Paul Gilvary's team played in a tournament this past week and was upended in the semifinals.

Hopper played well, averaging a double/double, something he has consistently done over the past two years.

MARCUS HOPPER'S RECRUITING INTEREST:

Hopper's recruiting list includes Providence, UMBC, Fairfield, Winthrop and Siena.

INDIVIDUAL AREAS OF FOCUS FOR MARCUS HOPPER:

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'S INDIVIDUAL GAME:

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."

HOW MARCUS HOPPER PLAYED IN HIS JUNIOR SEASON LAST YEAR:

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


Scout NY Preps Top Stories