New York Big Man Still Has Nice D-1 Options

Reporter Mike Sullivan provides a look at the individual game and regular season improvements of a senior big man prospect from 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, told us he is still in the process of trying to make up his mind on his next move.

"Scholarships have opened up at George Mason and Quinnipiac so I'm waiting and seeing what my next move will be," he said.

PREVIOUSLY REPORTED:

Hopper was more consistent on the boards and defended the post position more effectively this season for a team that lost in the playoffs.

Because of his improvements, he has several options to ponder: 1. a possible prep school route to give himself an additional year to make progress. 2. Continue to explore other division one opportunities.

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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