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Scotty Hopson, one of the top uncommitted players in the Class of 2008, has committed to Tennessee coach Bruce Pearl.
Hopson, a 6-foot-5, 205-pound native of Hopkinsville, Ky. rated as the No. 2 shooting guard in the senior class, spent a year committed to Mississippi State.
He chose Tennessee over Louisville, Cincinnati, Texas and Kentucky.
“I don’t just commit to a school without signing,” Hopkins, who averaged 26 points and 11 rebounds, told the Mississippi Clarion Ledger. “I’m going to sign.”
Hopson hopes to replace departing All-American Chris Lofton at the shooting guard spot for UT.
“It just seemed like I could have more success here,” Hopson said when asked to compare UT and MSU. “We’re going to have the top RPI next year in schedule play so I know we’re going to have a lot of ESPN games, CBS games, things like that.”
With Hopson’s commitment, American Christian guard Tyreke Evans remains the top uncommitted senior in the nation. Evans will announce April 16 whether he’s chosen Memphis, UConn, Texas or Villanova, although various reports have him headed to Memphis.
Adam Zagoria is a Basketball Insider who covers basketball at all levels. A contributor to The New York Times and SportsNet New York (SNY), he is also the author of two books and is an award-winning journalist and filmmaker. His articles have appeared in ESPN The Magazine, SLAM, Sheridan Hoops, Basketball Times and in newspapers nationwide. He also won an Emmy award for his work on the SNY mini-documentary on Syracuse guard Tyus Battle.
A veteran Ultimate Frisbee player, he has competed in numerous National and World Championships and, perhaps more importantly, his teams won the Westchester Summer League (WSL) championships in 2011 and 2013.
He lives in Manhattan with his wife and children.