Status: UK target
Small forward | 6-6 | 220
Hometown: Oak Park, Ill.
A gritty, versatile 6-foot-6ish small forward with a 7-foot wingspan, Hopkins appears to be a good fit for John Calipari’s approach to the game. The physical wing can play around the paint but also has the moves and skill to step away from the basket — making him an ideal recruit for Kentucky, which overhauls its roster annually and often must figure out roles on the fly.
Rivals.com national analyst Corey Evans told the Herald-Leader that Hopkins would be a better fit for the “small ball” ‘4’ role that Keion Brooks played at times during his freshman season, due to his strength, physicality and ability to use his body in the frontcourt.
Hopkins — a Chicago-area standout who projects as a multi-year player in college — also has the unique designation as a former Louisville commitment. He backed out of that pledge in August after about nine months committed to the Cardinals, and Kentucky is now the major favorite to ultimately land his final commitment, an announcement that is expected well in advance of the November signing period.
Hopkins averaged 24 points, 10 rebounds and 3.5 assists per game as a junior and had his high school team playing in the Illinois state tournament before the postseason was canceled due to the coronavirus pandemic.
“He’s 6-6 or so with those long arms. He’s an athlete, and he’s tough and rugged and physical. He kind of reminds me a little of Keldon Johnson, to that extent — just the physicality, the alpha mentality, the versatility, and the willingness to impact both sides of the floor.”
-Recruiting analyst Corey Evans