NYC Big Man's HS Career Comes To Close

Reporter Mike Sullivan provides a look at the individual game, regular season successes and recruiting process for talented senior big man Marcus Hopper of Holy Cross High School in Flushing, New York ...

The season ended too soon for Marcus Hopper, the 6-foot-9, 238-pounder from Holy Cross High School in Flushing, New York. His team lost last night in the NYCHSAA semifinals at St. John's University after his team had upended St. Francis Prep in the quarterfinals a few nights ago.

Marcus made several improvements in his individual game to generate some division one interest in his skill level. He had a very consistent season, averaging 14 points per game while pulling down 12 rebounds per contest in 2010-2011.

WHAT MARCUS HOPPER SAYS ABOUT HIS INDIVIDUAL GAME PROGRESS:

"I feel I have made improvements in my perimeter game," he said. "I've also worked very hard to be a better defensive player."

**Hopper has extended his perimeter range, knocking down 43 percent of this three-point attempts.

MARCUS HOPPER'S RECRUITING PROCESS:

Currently, Hopper said he has interest from New Hampshire, Robert Morris, Holy Cross College Fairfield, Providence, UMBC, Marist, Winthrop and Siena.

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."


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