"I am going to play in the IS8 League," said Hopper. "I just have to decide what AAU team I'm going to play for. Right now I'm considering the New York Panthers and the Rise Panthers."
The IS8 Spring League, one of the top local leagues in the tri-state New York City area, competes usually on weekends in two locations -- Brooklyn and Queens.
Hooper, whose Holy Cross team fell in the New York City Catholic League playoffs against St. Raymond's in a quarterfinal game, is worth a look because of his size and the progress he is making in his individual game.
We previously reported that Hopper has some solid division one interest in his skill level --Navy, Xavier, Arkanas, and George Washington were the latest schools to be involved in his recruiting process. The Red Storm of St. John's is in the process of hiring a coach. St. John's had been previously expressing interest.
HIS JUNIOR SEASON:
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.