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posted 06-11-2021 12:15 PM      Profile for catmandoo   Email catmandoo   Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
Bryce Hopkins’ recruitment put the Top 40 power forward squarely in-between tow of the most passionate fanbases in all of college basketball. Like in almost every case with this rivalry, Kentucky ultimately had the upper hand over Louisville.

The 6-foot-7, 225-pound power forward from the Chicago suburb of Oak Park initially committed to the Cards in November of 2019. Almost one year later to the date, Hopkins announced his commitment to the University of Kentucky. At a summer basketball camp just outside of Louisville at South Oldham High School, he explained why he chose the Wildcats.

“I felt like this was the best situation for me,” Hopkins said. “If I come here and do what I have to do, I know I can get to the next level with all the Coach Cal has to offer. It wasn’t nothing personal with them (UofL), I just wanted to do what was best for me, for my dreams to get to the NBA.”

Hopkins is not the first player to choose UK over UofL. Marquis Teague, Trey Lyles and Derek Willis started the trend most recently followed by Devin Askew.

Before flipping from one Kentucky school to the other, Hopkins wanted to see the campus in Lexington. No big deal under normal circumstances, there was a COVID-19 hurdle to overcome last fall. Unable to visit in an official capacity, his parents accompanied him for a tour of the Lexington campus where he quickly felt the love from the BBN.

“You can see all of the people care. They were very welcoming, asked if I was being recruited for basketball and stuff like that. They just showed their love for the basketball team,” said Hopkins.

Louisville was not the only school that was unhappy with Hopkins’ decision. Chin Coleman and Orlando Antigua recruited Hopkins at Illinois.



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