Area Big Man Worth Watching This Summer

Reporter Mike Sullivan takes a look at the individual game of Queens big man Marcus Hopper, who is gearing up to have a big summer of AAU action ...

Marcus Hopper, the 6-foot-9, 240-pounder from Holy Cross High School in Flushing, New York, is a player worth watching this summer on the AAU circuit due to several reasons.

Among the reasons include his physical frame and the willingness to work hard to make improvements in his individual game.

The areas Marcus has been focusing on are moving his feet quicker to help in his near the rim moves, defending other big men in the low post, and more consistency in his shooting.

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."

RECRUITING INTEREST:

Harvard, Quinnipiac, George Mason, Boston University, St. Peter's, Temple, Norfolk State University, Northeastern, Xavier, Arkanas, and George Washington.

HIS JUNIOR SEASON:

Hopper averaged around a double/double in points and rebounds.

PREVIOUS 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.


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