Queens Underclassman Worthy Of D-1 Interest

Reporter Mike Sullivan takes a look at the individual game of Holy Cross underclassman Marcus Hopper, who had a solid season for head coach Paul Gilvary ...

Marcus Hopper, a 6-foot-9, 240-pound power forward from Holy Cross High School in Flushing, New York, said he has decided to play in the IS8 Spring League, one of the top local leagues in the tri-state New York City area.

Hooper, whose Holy Cross team fell in the New York City Catholic League playoffs against St. Raymond's in a quarterfinal game, is a player to watch over the next few months during the AAU events.

Hopper is currently unsure of what team he'll compete with during the spring and summer big AAU tournaments.

We previously reported that Hopper has some solid division one interest in his skill level --Xavier, Arkanas, Navy, and George Washington were the latest schools to be involved in his recruiting process. St. John's, searching for a new coach, is in limbo with his process right now.

Hopper had a quality junior season (2011 class) for head coach Paul Gilvary. He averaged around a double/double in points and rebounds.

DESCRIPTION OF MARCUS HOPPER'S INDIVIDUAL GAME:

Marcus has always featured a wide frame, helping him play strong against the big bodies inside the paint. He has strong shoulders and has been making progress with his agility near the basket.

AREAS TO IMPROVE: The area to watch Marcus this season is in the category of finishing consistently near the basket.

*"I want to improve my ball handling skills," said Hopper as he spoke about areas of focus to make progress. "I also want to work on my post moves, add better strength and stamina."

PREVIOUS LIST OF SCHOOLS:

Boston University, Quinnipiac, Hofstra, George Mason, St. Peter's, Temple, Villanova, Norfolk State University, and Northeastern.


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