Holy Cross SR Makes College Transition Soon

Reporter Mike Sullivan has a story about how Marcus Hopper of Holy Cross High School in Flushing, New York is already making the transition to college life ...

Marcus Hopper is a man on a mission. The 6-foot-9, 238-pounder from Holy Cross High School in Flushing, New York recently made a commitment to Siena College. Tomorrow, he begins his college life. "I'm heading up there on Sunday," he said. "I then start summer school on Monday."

Hopper is very excited about the opportunity to play division one college basketball for Siena College. "I just like the fact that they are a winning program in which I want to be apart of," Hopper said. "Everyone treats each other like their own family up there so it was a nice feeling. But also when I went up there on my visit I felt comfortable and it was just the right school to go too plus the campus has really good scenery."

Previously, Marcus had also mentioned interest in Hartford and Mississippi Valley State. He also considered at one time George Mason and Quinnipiac. He also told us that Georgia Southern and Bowling Green were also involved in his recruiting process.

Marcus 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.

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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