The 6-foot-7, 220-pounder from Oak Park, Illinois committed to the Louisville Cardinals back in November, but de-committed on Aug. 9. Since then, he has reported offers from Michigan, Oregon, Notre Dame and Providence. He also holds offers from Wisconsin, Indiana, Illinois, Iowa, Kansas, Nebraska, Xavier and more.
If Oak Park, Illinois is ringing a bell to you, it’s probably because Michigan commit, four-star wing Isaiah Barnes, is also from there. Howard is also very tight with many suburbs of Chicago, with Oak Park clearly being one of them.
Former 247Sports Director of Basketball Recruiting Evan Daniels compares Hopkins’ game to that of former Iowa State forward Georges Niang:
A versatile prospect, Hopkins is best utilized as a face up forward, but he has the skill to play out on the perimeter at the three-spot. Hopkins grew to 6-7 during his junior season and his body has continued to progress. He has an impressive feel for the game, a good skill set and is an aggressive scorer that can score it from all three-levels. Hopkins is particularly effective out of the high post, where he can make plays off the dribble or make the right pinpoint pass. Hopkins is also an active rebounder that gets on the backboard and is capable of grabbing a board and starting the break. On the flip side, Hopkins lacks consistency as a long-range threat, and is just an OK athlete.
Hopkins is the No. 8 power forward and No. 33 overall player on the composite rankings.
You can check out some of his highlight videos on his Hudl account.