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.
Kentucky lands former Louisville commit Bryce Hopkins, doubling 2021 recruiting class
By ADAM ZAGORIA
After initially committing to one school in the Bluegrass State, Bryce Hopkins is headed to another.
The 6-foot-7, 215-pound power forward from Fenwick (IL) High School committed to Kentucky on Monday after de-committing from Louisville in August. Ranked the No. 7 power forward in the 247Sports.com Composite rankings, he told ZAGSBLOG his final top three featured Kentucky, Providence and Illinois.
“I’ll be going to Kentucky,” he said in a phone interview ahead of his public announcement. Hopkins visited the campus in September.
“I know I’ll be pushed day in and day out and I just want to be part of a team that’s going to be a winning program,” he said. “And they develop their guys to get to the next level so I want to be a part of that.”
Kentucky will lose big man Olivier Sarr and point guard Davion Mintz to graduation and could lose freshmen wings B.J. Boston and Terrence Clarke to the NBA Draft ahead of the 2021-22 season.
“They told me that the basketball they play is very position-less, so they see me playing on the wing,’ Hopkins said. “They say I’m very versatile and I fit in very well with their playing style.”
Hopkins said he tries to model his game off of two of the NBA’s biggest stars.
“I try to take bits and pieces off of certain players in the league,” he said. “I try to take LeBron how he gets his teammates involved and I try to take KD[Kevin Durant] how he scores. Those two are probably the biggest two.”
Like most Kentucky players, his goal is to reach the NBA.
“Of course, that’s always been a goal of mine to make it to the NBA,” he said. “I feel like Kentucky will put me on a stage to do that, if I handle my business and do what I have to do.”
Hopkins joins four-star guard Nolan Hickman in Kentucky’s 2021 class. They also landed Class of 2022 guard Skyy Clark on Thursday.
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.
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