New York City Big Man Worth A Look

Reporter Mike Sullivan takes a free look at the individual game of talented senior big man prospect Marcus Hopper of Holy Cross High School in Flushing, New York ...

Marcus Hopper, the 6-foot-9, 238-pounder from Holy Cross High School in Flushing, New York, is a player worth a look for college and prep programs. He's a prospect that has improved over the past couple of years and is getting better.

Hopper previously told us he is considering several options, including taking a possible prep school route to give himself another year of improving his individual game.

Recruiting wise, Marcus told us that Georgia Southern and Bowling Green were also involved. This comes after he had a solid senior season, averaging 14 points per game while grabbing 12 rebounds per contest during the 2010-2011 season for Paul Gilvary's Holy Cross High School program.

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:

In addition to the two schools mentioned above, Robert Morris, New Hampshire, Robert Morris, Holy Cross College, Fairfield, UMBC, Marist, Winthrop and Siena are of interest.

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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