Big Man From Queens Has Good Campus Trip

Reporter Mike Sullivan has an update on the recruiting status of Holy Cross High School big man Marcus Hopper, who recently took an unofficial campus visit down south ...

Marcus Hopper, the 6-foot-9, 240-pounder from Holy Cross High School in Flushing, New York, told us he had a good visit to University of Maryland-Baltimore County.

"I enjoyed the visit to UMBC," he said. "The campus is nice."

Hopper has been invited back for an official campus visit. "They want me to come on the 23rd to the 25th," he said.

UMBC has already offered a scholarship to Marcus.

PREVIOUSLY REPORTED:

It wasn't long ago that Hopper told us he was in North Carolina, taking a look at a prep school. He said he had a good time but felt it was best for him to stay with Paul Gilvary's highly regarded Holy Cross boy's basketball program.

Marcus, who will also compete in the IS8 Fall League starting next month, had a solid summer, generating more division one interest in his skill level.

PREVIOUS NEWS ON MARCUS HOPPER:

We reported that Marcus was recovering from suffering a blow to his face playing basketball during early portion of July.

Hopper said he was dealt a gash above his eyebrows. "I got a few stitches," he said. "I'll be fine."

He recovered nicely.

**Even better news for Marcus is he has a chance to grow a few more inches, according to the doctors.

b>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, UMBC, George Mason, Boston University, Northeastern, and Temple.

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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