And this is a bigger period for rising seniors. Count Marcus Hopper, the 6-foot-9, 240-pounder from Holy Cross High School in Flushing, New York as being one of those players who needs to embrace this period of time.
"I've been working on my ball handling skills," said Hopper. "And now I can take my opponent off the dribble."
Hopper has also spent time adding more strength to his frame and legs, focusing on footspeed and the ability to make more moves in the low post.
"I'm playing at IS8 (spring league)," Hopper said. "We're two and one right now."
SOME OF HOLY CROSS HEAD COACH PAUL GILVARY'S THOUGHTS:
"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."
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.
PREVIOUS LIST OF SCHOOLS:
Quinnipiac, George Mason, Boston University, Fordham, St. Peter's, Temple, Norfolk State University, and Northeastern.