Area Big Man Has Some Future Options

Reporter Mike Sullivan takes a look at the individual game improvements and recruiting process of senior big man 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 who has made improvements in his individual game over the past two seasons under head coach Paul Gilvary's direction.

Hopper previously told us he is considering a couple of options: 1. a possible prep school route to give himself another year of improving his individual game. 2. Take a continued serious look at division one college programs.

RECRUITING PROCESS:

Marcus previously told us that Georgia Southern and Bowling Green were also involved.He averaged 14 points per game while grabbing 12 rebounds per contest during the 2010-2011 boy's basketball season.

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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