New York City Big Man Hoping For Big Year

Reporter Mike Sullivan has kept track of talented and hard working big man Marcus Hopper, who competed on a high level at Holy Cross High School in Flushing, New York and is now ready for the next level ...

Marcus Hopper, a 6-foot-9, 238-pounder who played last season at Holy Cross High School in Flushing, New York, is a player to watch this year at Siena.

Marcus has always been a hard worker and made some significant progress on both ends of the floor over the past year playing in Paul Gilvary's Holy Cross boy's basketball program.

HOPPER ON HIS EARLY EXPERIENCE AT SIENA COLLEGE:

"I just like the fact that they are a winning program in which I want to be apart of. 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 recruiting interest at one time in George Mason, Quinnipiac, Georgia Southern, Bowling Green, Hartford and Mississippi Valley State.

Marcus averaged 14 points per game while grabbing 12 rebounds per contest during the 2010-2011 boy's basketball season, his senior year at Holy Cross.

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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