Holy Cross' Gilvary: I Like Marcus' Chances

Reporter Mike Sullivan provides an article on Holy Cross head coach Paul Gilvary's thoughts on his junior big man, Marcus Hopper, who is being recruited by several division one programs ...

Holy Cross head coach Paul Gilvary has had some terrific basketball players come through his highly respected boy's basketball program over the past couple of decades. So he has a decent set of eyes when it comes to evaluating who has a chance to play division one basketball.

Coach Gilvary feels very strongly about Marcus Hopper, his 6-foot-9, 240-pound power forward from the 2011 class.

"I like his chances on the next level," said Gilvary, who spoke to us after coaching the City team at the local All Star game in the Jordan Brand event held at Madison Square Garden in New York City this past weekend.

"Marcus has a nice frame," Gilvary continued. "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."

from Holy Cross High School in Flushing, New York, is a player to watch this spring and summer when he competes on the AAU boy's basketball circuit.

Gilvary, whose Holy Cross team was knocked out in the New York City Catholic League playoffs by St. Raymond's in a quarterfinal game, is considered one of the best high school coaches around. And Hopper will benefit playing his senior season next year the Flushing based New York City Catholic high school.

"He'll get there," assured Gilvary. "He'll work at making the improvements."

RECRUITING INTEREST:

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.

HIS JUNIOR SEASON:

Hopper 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, Fordham, Quinnipiac, George Mason, St. Peter's, Temple, Norfolk State University, and Northeastern.


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