Adam Zagoria covers basketball at all levels. He is the author of two books and an award-winning journalist whose articles have appeared in ESPN The Magazine, SLAM, Sheridan Hoops, Sports Illustrated, Basketball Times and in newspapers nationwide.
Mikael Hopkins, the No. 12 power forward in the Class of 2011 out of DeMatha (Md.), has added Rutgers to his list of possible schools.
The 6-foot-8, 210-pound Hopkins took an unofficial visit to Rutgers Sunday along with his mother, Miko, and Team Takeover coach Keith Stevens.
“He went down there so he’s got to be definitely considering them,” Stevens said by phone.
Stevens declined to go into detail about the visit because he said he doesn’t generally provide information on specific visits.
However, he said Hopkins has added Rutgers and subtracted Syracuse from his list of schools. That list now includes Georgetown, Kansas, Miami, Ohio State, Pittsburgh, Texas, Virginia Tech, West Virginia, Maryland and Rutgers.
Hopkins has no officials scheduled but Stevens said he would definitely “sign early.”
As for what type of player he will be, Stevens said: “He’ll be a face-up skilled four man that can do a lot of different things, face the basket, rebound, block shots. He’ll be good. He’s gotta get stronger.”
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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.