New York Big Man Has New Recruiting Interest

Reporter Mike Sullivan provides a look at the individual game of Holy Cross big man Marcus Hopper, who returned from a tournament in Georgia with a new recruiting list ...

Marcus Hopper, the 6-foot-9, 240-pounder from Holy Cross High School in Flushing, New York, told us he felt very good about his individual game after returning from a tournament in Georgia.

Hopper said he knees are hurting a bit but from some growing pains.

And there's some new recruiting interest too. "Virginia Tech is new and has been showing interest," he said.

PREVIOUSLY REPORTED:

We previously reported he took an unofficial campus visit to Quinnipiac, a school under the direction of Tom Moore, considered one of the best young coaches in the country.

PREVIOUS EVALUATION OF MARCUS HOPPER:

Marcus is a player worth watching this spring and summer on the AAU circuit due to his physical frame and the willingness to work hard. His head coach at Holy Cross, Paul Gilvary, feels that Hopper is going to make a solid division one player because he picks up things quickly and uses them in game action.

The individual aspects that Hopper has been concentrating on in making improvements are the following: 1. Moving his feet quicker, allowing him to be more effective in his low post moves as well as defending another big man near the rim. 2. More consistency in his shooting, improving the short range jumper.

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 INTERESTS:

Quinnipiac, Virginia Tech, George Mason, Boston University, Northeastern, and Temple, 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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