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Bryce Hopkins Commits To Kentucky

October 27, 2020

After just receiving an offer from Kentucky on Friday, August 21st, Bryce Hopkins, a former Louisville commit, has committed to play for Kentucky and John Calipari. The 6-7 (and growing) talented forward de-committed from the Cards on August 9th, and since then it has been all Kentucky and Calipari on Hopkins’ mind, and he made his pledge to UK official today. Hopkins, who is out of Fenwick High School in Oak Park, IL, in West Chicago, chose Kentucky over offers from Illinois, Indiana, Notre Dame, and Michigan, to name a few.

Already with good size, at 6-foo 7, 220-pounds, Hopkins is still developing physically and could get to a similar size of another talented Chicago forward from the past, Antoine Walker. Speaking of Walker, Hopkins’ game is almost a mirror image of the former UK All-American’s, as Hopkins is a face-up forward who can score in a variety of ways at all three levels on the court. He is an above-average rebounder and passer and has a well-developed skill set to be an effective 3 or 4-man in college. His skills, at his size, are hard to find in a high-school player, and something that highly intrigued Calipari as soon as he became available. Cal hasn’t had too many players like Hopkins at UK. PJ Washington and Terrence Jones come to mind, but Hopkins is farther along in offensive skillset than both of those players at this time. At 6-7 or 6-8, Hopkins will prove to be a match-up nightmare, as he can take bigger/slower defenders outside and drive, and post up and bully smaller wing defenders in the paint. Hopkins has great ball-handling ability, similar to Jones, but a smoother offensive game, whereas Jones was mostly a power player getting to the rim. Like Walker, Hopkins has the ability to rebound, lead the break, get an assist, and/or score on the other end in a matter of a few seconds.

UK fans will love what Hopkins brings to the table, as a former Louisville commit, they will quickly welcome him to the blue side when they see his skills on the court, as he is a do-it-all type player that will have the ball in his hands often and be in the middle of the action at all times. Calipari and staff are turning up the heat on the recruiting trail, and fans can expect more good news to come in the near future.

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